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Old March 29th, 2017, 07:37 PM   #1
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Guns for a cause, Colt M45

They are auctioning an M45 that was decommissioned from military service. It's one of the FDE 45s the Marines used/use. It looks like the cerakote is very worn. I think Colt got them back from the Marines when selling/issuing them new ones.

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Old March 30th, 2017, 05:18 AM   #2
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Old March 30th, 2017, 05:35 AM   #3
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It might not be my bag but for a serious collector USMC provenance is worth a great deal. Rick

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well,if colt has them,they were returned as defects,as the marines would never return a functional weapon

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Old March 30th, 2017, 03:14 PM   #5
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Colt M45A1

Pictured is the commercial model of the Colt M45A1 with ionbond finish. This is the exact same pistol issued currently to special forces Marines with the exception of the USMC marking. The pistol was initially issued with cerakote finish. Cerakote did not hold up so Colt went with ionbond with Marine approval.

For a production pistol, it is extremely accurate and smooth shooting. Slide to frame fit is nice and tight, no rattle. Trigger is smooth and crisp. A very well made pistol.

I have fired 531 rounds down range with no malfunctions. All 230 gr. FMJ but several different manufacturers.

Don't know why Colt got this one back, unless they plan to refinish in ionbond. Perhaps the charity requested such for a fund raiser. But I agree it would be cool to have the USMC providence. Originally, all the Colt M45A1s were marked USMC, but that changed perhaps at Marine request too.

Can't get photos to load. Check them out in my Colt M45A1 album.


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The same de com gun can be found on Gunbroker.

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Pictured is the commercial model of the Colt M45A1 with ionbond finish. This is the exact same pistol issued currently to special forces Marines with the exception of the USMC marking. The pistol was initially issued with cerakote finish. Cerakote did not hold up so Colt went with ionbond with Marine approval.

For a production pistol, it is extremely accurate and smooth shooting. Slide to frame fit is nice and tight, no rattle. Trigger is smooth and crisp. A very well made pistol.

I have fired 531 rounds down range with no malfunctions. All 230 gr. FMJ but several different manufacturers.

Don't know why Colt got this one back, unless they plan to refinish in ionbond. Perhaps the charity requested such for a fund raiser. But I agree it would be cool to have the USMC providence. Originally, all the Colt M45A1s were marked USMC, but that changed perhaps at Marine request too.

Can't get photos to load. Check them out in my Colt M45A1 album.

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I believe these are on the market because the most recent MEUSOC Commander decided that 9mm Glocks were fine. The M45 has been canned.

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/art...cial-operators

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I believe these are on the market because the most recent MEUSOC Commander decided that 9mm Glocks were fine. The M45 has been canned.

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/art...cial-operators
Thanks for the info and the link KurtC!

That's too bad for Colt I'm sure financially. The M45A1 is a fine pistol plus the first time I have shot a .45 auto. If a 63 year old codger like myself can shoot this thing accurately you'd think a young strapping Marine would have no problem.

Wish the CMP could acquire these to get them into the hands of those that appreciate them!

Thanks again KurtC, good info!

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I believe these are on the market because the most recent MEUSOC Commander decided that 9mm Glocks were fine. The M45 has been canned.
That might be the case, I guess we'll know more in the months ahead.

I'm partial to the old USMC built 1911s (by RTE from the mid-1980s-1990s and PWS from 2000 to about 2014). Here's my very early MEUSOC 1911 clone built by a 2112 (this example would be the late 1980s time period):



...I guess its the end of an era if the USMC is moving to the 9mm Glock...


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If it has USMC on it the price will be higher even used.
The Marines did indeed make Colt stop marking the Civilian models with USMC.

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If it has USMC on it the price will be higher even used.
The only thing that they seem be doing re DRMO (decommissioned) processes re these M45A1s is to electro-stencil an "X" over the USMC marking on the left side of the slide....

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I'm sorry. Raffle, not auction. I put in $20.

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I'm sorry. Raffle, not auction. I put in $20.
I will send you $20 to put in for me. You will than be assured to win!

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