The M9 has faced decades of criticism for its lack of stopping power, reliability issues and accuracy problems. Now, the Marines are fighting back against the changeover to the tiny 9mm round.
With more than twice the mass of the 9mm lugar cartridge, the .45acp hits like an 800+ FPS sledgehammer and the gun fires reliably regardless of the environment. The 1911 is also one of the most successful guns in history at the Camp Perry National Match. John Browning’s original design stands the test of time.
John Wayne, Sgt. York and Major Audie Murphy carried the sidearm in combat and on television.
What most don’t realize is how customizable the venerable the 1911 frame really is. Any gunsmith worth his name can take a 1911 and turn it into a competition monster with a little stone work, filing and inexpensive parts.
The version Colt is producing for the Marine Corps will also include an under barrel tactical rail for lasers or flashlights, come in a flat dark earth (FDE) color scheme including matching grips with ergonomic cutout for the magazine release.
The U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the pistols currently manufactured in the gun-unfriendly state of Connecticut. Of course, since the 1911 only has an 8-round magazine, even Connecticut citizens can buy these self-defense supremacists.
In 1985 the 1911 was replaced with the Beretta M9 as the Department of Defense wanted to move to the NATO-friendly 9mm round. Since then, combat veterans, special forces and firearms knowledgeable officers all railed against the idea. Beretta edged our Sig Sauer based completely on cost.
The Marines never let go of the best performing pistol in life-or-death situations. John Browning’s 1911 is the only way to go when your life is on the line.