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Old 01-18-2013, 5:15 PM
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Default First look at the Colt Marine 1911

It looks cool but didn't this gun have major issues when it went through the trials?

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I read the article on this in the latest Combat Guns mag. Dead sexy and I'd love to own one.
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IIRC some examples suffered from cracked frames.
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Looks good and a decent price point for a railed 1911 with a durable finish.
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Old 01-18-2013, 5:51 PM
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Looks good and a decent price point for a railed 1911 with a durable finish.
There is a long list of 1911s with better features at the $2k price point.

Looks like a $1300 gun...max...
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There is a long list of 1911s with better features at the $2k price point.

Looks like a $1300 gun...max...
But you forgot

"Colt" + $300
"Marine" + $200
"1911" + $200

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the pictures showing cracks was not the final design accepted by the Marines. Colt made major modifications so that the slide is much beefier. In addition they added a dual recoil spring and changed the design of the guide rod. I suspect these changes should make for a very durable gun.

edit -- Yes I want one! I need to find a dealer who can order one for me
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I handled it at the show. It was nice but you're paying for the name, nothing else.
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When I saw it at the show, it did not meet it's price point. Felt very cheap to me.
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There is a long list of 1911s with better features at the $2k price point.

Looks like a $1300 gun...max...
But the rail is milspec and it sports an ambi safety with a steel MSH and blends in with the desert terrain



IMO 1911's are sexy as hell no doubt about it and are great shooters but it still stumps me as to why the Marine brass forced this gun into service. There are a ton of firearms that shoot a .45 that don't require the frequent service intervals and spare parts like new magazines that a 1911 requires to stay reliable.
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There is a long list of 1911s with better features at the $2k price point.

Looks like a $1300 gun...max...
Totally agree. I was taking into account the limited numbers to the civilian market. Not that I would pay that much for it (I don't like the sand color or the rail), but I know it has 'value'.
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For $2K, I'd get a Les Baer or a Dan Wesson Specialist if I wanted a railed 1911.
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The finish is just not my kind of thing so being $2k means its gonna be a big ole' PASS to me
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The finish is just not my kind of thing so being $2k means its gonna be a big ole' PASS to me
I agree. Painted stainless is akin to lubing Teflon. For combat but not for me.
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It looks cool. But I would never spend that kinda money on a 1911.
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i want one

keep buying those overpriced knock offs guys, more Colts for me
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It looks cool. But I would never spend that kinda money on a 1911.
I have, many many times...and would again...

But not for that model.
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2k, uhh no thanks.
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At 2k$, I'll pass and go for a Les Baer.
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I will buy it simply because it was made for the Marine Corps.
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Same features as my RIA 2011 Tactical, except mine cost $600 OTD. Not impressed.
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Same features as my RIA 2011 Tactical, except mine cost $600 OTD. Not impressed.
It has quite a few features that an RIA 2011 Tactical does not...but point taken.
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I read the article on this in the latest Combat Guns mag. Dead sexy and I'd love to own one.
I find that hard to understand / believe. Of all the gun companies in the world and all of the guns throughout time, I would have guessed Colt has the 1911 pretty much down and figured out. I'm sure someone will have a minor correction of the next detail but they've been doing 1911s for more than 100 years, right?
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I read the article on this in the latest Combat Guns mag. Dead sexy and I'd love to own one.
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I find that hard to understand / believe. Of all the gun companies in the world and all of the guns throughout time, I would have guessed Colt has the 1911 pretty much down and figured out. I'm sure someone will have a minor correction of the next detail but they've been doing 1911s for more than 100 years, right?
Mistakes happen...look how you just replied to/quoted the wrong post.

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It looks cool but didn't this gun have major issues when it went through the trials?
What do the trials entail now? Among other tests, the original M1911 was subjected to a 6,000 round reliability test.
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For that much $$$ I rather buy Springfield Operator or TRP instead.
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I agree. Painted stainless is akin to lubing Teflon. For combat but not for me.
Don't care to much for the tan, a beaded stainless would have looked better imo.
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With an MSRP of $1950, at pre-panic prices it would be roughly $1650-1700 at a shop. That is still $400 more then a Desert Warrior and $600 more then a Scorpion. Both those models have the same features as the Colt, only real difference is the color of the small parts black vs tan.
As much as I'd love to have one for that price I would pass.
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Can't speak to how the Colt shoots, I'm sure it's great, but I gotta say... the Sig Scorpion is better looking.
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I've read A LOT about Colt 1911's and other 1911's. I hear a lot of folks buying a lower tier Colt model (1991 or XSE) and then spending enough on upgrades (trigger job almost every one) to exceed the price of a better out-of-the-box non-Colt 1911. Even with that said, I would love to have a Special Combat Government.
Oh, you've read a lot about them? You must be some kind of expert.

If somebody wants to trick out their Colt, let them. There are 1911s, and then there are COLT 1911s.

Except Colt Series 80s. Those are Godless, soulless monstrosities.
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There are 1911s, and then there are COLT 1911s.
And then there are better 1911's that aren't rattle traps full of MIM ~

Nothing against Colt, but looking at quality per dollar, Colt has been irrelevant for quite some time! Thats not to say that I wouldn't kill for a unmolested 70's series, but what your money gets you from Colt these days would be much better spent on other manufacturers offerings...
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And then there are better 1911's that aren't rattle traps full of MIM ~

Nothing against Colt, but looking at quality per dollar, Colt has been irrelevant for quite some time! Thats not to say that I wouldn't kill for a unmolested 70's series, but what your money gets you from Colt these days would be much better spent on other manufacturers offerings...
I don't disagree. But that's not what I was getting at.

Many people get excited by having the COLT brand name on their pistol. Therefore that COLT 1911 is worth more to them than any other 1911, regardless of what some internet enthusiasts will tell them. There are probably a lot of people that you could show a Les Baer and a Colt and ask them, "Which is better?" And they would default to Colt and tell you that Les Baer is some knockoff brand. Brand recognition is a VERY powerful thing.

ETA: As for me? I don't always have the urge to shoot an obsolete relic of a bygone era, but when I do, I prefer Springfield Armory.

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ETA: As for me? I don't always have the urge to shoot an obsolete relic of a bygone era, but when I do, I prefer Springfield Armory.
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I'd go with a SA MC Operator for a quality entry level railed 1911. My SA Operator Pro ran me $2500, well worth it imo.
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It has quite a few features that an RIA 2011 Tactical does not...but point taken.
With a statement like that, you'll have to elaborate.

Not counting features found in all 1911s..

Both have integral rail

Both have front and rear dovetail night sights.

Both have extended beaver tail

Similar cut hammer

Lightened trigger

Ok the colt has painted finish and front slide serrations and the Colt logo.

What else? Not to argue but what else in the colt model to kick the price up to $1995?
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Hehe

So I agree with the line in your sig about the extended slide stop. But what's the first most useless part? FLGR?
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Buy one for $2k. Stick in safe. Hold onto it for 10 or 20 years. Will quadruple in value, at least, just because of what it is.
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I'd take one, I posted my comment of my SSE that I would get in another thread being the Colt USMC 1911 (M45).
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I don't like the way the rail looks. I like the color though.
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That is such a B.S. gun for the Corps. There are more durable 45s out there for them to buy and on top of that the pistol come with 7 rnd mag!? Really!? Then the price is just not a good price IMO. I just see the Corp wasting money....AGAIN just for looks. I wish I was on the deciding team for this venture. I would have shot that 1911 down like a Jap Zero in WWII.
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