Do you want slides with that?

Somebody at Marine HQ realized that if you buy a lot of M1911A1 frames, you are probably are going to need slides to go with them!

The Marine Corps System Command (MCSC)intends to issue a solicitation number M67854-09-R-1146 for 1800 M45 .45 cal pistol slides. The Government anticipates a resulting firm fixed price contract for this commercial procurement …

Slide blueprints available from navy.mil

The slides are for the MEU(SOC) pistols that are used by Force Recon. Daniel Watters noticed that they are referring to the pistols as the M45. Daniel, who knows far more about these things than I do, is not sure if that is an official designation or a colloquial one. Anyone heard of the M45 designation before?

Thanks to Daniel for the link and info.





Steve Johnson

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  • Matt Groom

    “I got it one piece at a time, and it didn’t cost me dime!”
    Me thinks the USMC has found a stealth way to keep the M1911 in service without “Adopting” it through official channels. You wanna bet the next thing they order is barrels?

    • Matt, heh, like in the days when computers were expensive but they could be bought in parts that cost less than the amount needing approval from the boss.

  • Jason Smith

    Is that a Novak rear sight cut?

  • Dave

    It looks like slide is cut for a Bomar adjustable.