Colt Adds .38 Super Model to its Competition Pistol Line

For many years Colt’s bread and butter has been the 1911 in all it’s variations, as well as the Colt AR15 and military M4. That said, they continue to release new models of this ever popular combat and competition pistol. Whatever you may think of the 1911 it’s still a fine pistol and continues to be very popular among many shooters.

Colt just announced another competition version this time in 38 super. Personally, I’m happy to see Colt bring this pistol out in 38 Super. I’ve always enjoyed shooting the 38 Super especially with some of my hotter handloads. There are also some very good factory defense loads to be had. The Super has the power to be a good defensive caliber with very manageable recoil making follow up shots very fast.

QC is now a non issue at Colt these days with some very well made pistols coming off the line. The last several Colt 1911 pistols I’ve shot have been well made and accurate. This is one I’d like to run through it’s paces. The MSRP is $949.00 with a street price closer to $875.00. I know some 1911 pistols out there that cost more and don’t measure up to this competition model.


Dual Spring Recoil System™
Novak® Adjustable Rear Sight
Fiber Optic Front Sight
Undercut Trigger Guard
Upswept Beavertail Grip Safety
Custom Blue Colt Logo G10 Grips
5” National Match® Barrel

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (October 28, 2016) – Fueling anticipation for what Colt considers to be a very exciting upcoming year, the legendary firearms manufacturer announces the release of a new model in it’s extremely well received Colt Competition Pistol™ line by adding the .38 Super chambering to the roster.

“Competitors are very selective about the caliber they rely on to win matches,” said Mark Redl, Pro Shooter and Product Manager for Colt. “The .38 Super round has a lot of advantages in competition when considering power factor and capacity, and the 1911 platform offers many advantages as well. By offering our excellent Colt Competition Pistol™ in .38 Super, we allow match shooters who love that round to take advantage our well thought out, race-ready platform. It’s a winning combination.”

The Colt Competition Pistol™ (also available in .45 ACP and 9mm) offers several features that competitive shooters will appreciate, including Colt’s innovative Dual Spring Recoil System™ which reduces felt recoil and helps keep shots on target at critical moments. Other features include Novak’s new patent pending adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, competition ergonomics including an undercut trigger guard and upswept beavertail safety, and a National Match® barrel. The Colt Competition Pistol™ in .38 Super with blued finish is SKU: O1983CCP and carries an MSRP of $999.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Ambassador Vader

    “For many years Colt’s bread and butter has been the 1911 in all it’s variations, as well as the Colt AR15 and military M4”. That explains the bankruptcy.

    But I will say atleast they are putting out a “competition level” gun for sub 1000$ in .38 super. They just need to get the name up to their level of eloquence. I’d suggest something like the “colt new super police action 2000”.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Nah they should do like their ar’s and give it four random numbers. Like 6942

    • McThag

      Colt will never have the number 2000 in a pistol name again.

    • valorius

      I called and emailed them and suggested they call it the Colt’s Chapter 7.

      The guy on the phone was not amused.

      • Ambassador Vader


  • PersonCommenting

    I wouldnt pay 650 for a Colt

    • Why? Personal bad experience or what?

      • PersonCommenting

        I just dont see the value in their products. They feel overpriced to me. Id prefer a Ruger or Springfield if I wanted a 1911. Or go Smith & Wesson if I wanted to splurge little more over Ruger/Springfield level.

        Same with their AR that they just released for 1200 bucks. They slap someone else’s furniture and a higher end tube on it and call it a colt. I personally dont think their brand is worth as much as it use to be. And with every gun especially 1911s you are paying for the name partially and Colt’s isnt worth that to me. Just my opinion. I do see value in some of their products though. Like the Delta Elite and Mustang. Those are something that not everyone is doing. Also other lower end 1911s are decently priced maybe a little high.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    If it’s in 38 super I want to see a bonnie and clyde edition.


    Still beating myself up; had a chance about 8 years ago to buy one of those rare Secret Service P220’s in 38 super for only about $400.00. It was in good condition too.

  • valorius

    Now introducing the innovative (in 1911) “Chapter 7” pistol by Colt’s, in .38 caliber Super. Get them before the ink on our (latest) bankruptcy petition dries!