New Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911

Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911

Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911

In addition to bringing back the exciting Cobra revolver, Colt also has added a few more semi-auto pistols to the line-up in the form of 1911s. In this day and age of many and varied 1911 manufacturers It only make good sense that Colt should expand the 1911 line.

The hot news is the Colt Delta Elite. The legendary 10mm 1911 from Colt will now be offered in a rail-equipped model, adding another Rail Gun to the Colt 1911 series. The Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm will have all the normal Delta Elite goodies. The Novak sights, extended thumb safety, lowered ejection port, enhanced hammer, wide slide serrations, upswept beavertail grip safety, 3 hole trigger, and most distinctly the grips with the Delta Medallions all tell you this is the Delta Elite. Like the non-railed model the Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm holds 8+1 rounds and is stainless steel throughout.

The Colt Gold Cup will now be the Colt Gold Cup Trophy and it will be chambered in 9mm in addition to the standard .45 ACP offering.

The Colt Commander line will also expand. The Wiley Clapp guns from Colt get another model with the addition of the Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander chambered in 9mm. Like the other Wiley Clapp Colts this one is labeled a distributor exclusive from Talo. Colt has evidently brought back the Colt Combat Commander in .45 ACP and in 9mm. With a blued steel frame and slide the Colt Combat Commander weighs in at 33 ounces, about 3.6 ounces heavier than the Colt Lightweight Commander.

In this YouTube video Yamil Sued gives us a quick first look at the new Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911 from Colt.

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  • Spencerhut

    Three hole trigger . . . does anyone proof read this crap?

    • Kovacs Jeno

      The New Patented “Invisible Stealth Hole” (TM) Technology!!! More tactical than EVER.

    • RSG

      Did you watch the video?

      • Spencerhut

        Did you look at the spec sheet?

    • iksnilol

      The holes are behind, you can’t see them without disassembling the pistol.

  • Spencerhut

    . . . and the video is pathetic propaganda . . . .

  • Sid Collins

    I need two… for reasons….
    Seriously though, I had the opportunity to fire one about 10 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not a harsh gun to shoot. Recoil was manageable. No failures in the 50 rounds I had to shoot.

  • Giolli Joker

    Is “Railgun” a trademark name of Colt for railed frames or they just got inventive with the description?
    Anyway, it looks good, especially the upgraded sights.
    Let’s hope it performs as it promises.

  • Paul Rain

    Near .41 Magnum ballistics? Well, that can only be a wild marketing success.


      Do the research. Go back to Jeff Cooper and the Bren 10. See the results and why he was pushing the 10mm. Better in all ways than the .45. At top loadings it is indeed in the .41 magnum range. As a controllable defense arm shoot 200g or 180g in the 1050 fps range. Push it to 1150 if you can control your double taps. A very versatile round that can be custom tuned to what you want it for.

  • FulMetlJakit

    Really hoping this is a small step on the lengthy path to Make Colt Great Again.
    Seriously though, re-release the Snake series.
    Maybe a higher grade lever action in Magnum pistol calibers to compete with/slightly undercut Henry?
    That “gentleman’s agreement” with Winchester surely can’t still be in effect, right?
    Trap guns, budget hunter bolt actions, there is a huge market out there for them to at least try and tap, instead of squeezing the same fruit and praying for .MIL contracts again.

  • gunsandrockets

    9mm LW Commander?


  • Ben

    Yawn. Python or GTFO.

    • pithy

      Python in proper bluing. The Cobra with the Taurus finish isn’t winning any beauty contests.

  • Slim934

    So I understand why people like 1911 patterned handguns. They feel really great in the hand and the triggers on them typically feel pretty great.

    My question is why the heck do they still use the separate barrel bushing type attachment point to retain the recoil assembly? I mean I look at something like the Browning Hi-power or the CZ-75 and how those recoil assemblies are retained, and then I see the 1911 and it just looks archaic. And yet nobody does anything about it. I mean I see no reason why you could not have a 1911 that looks essentially exactly like a 1911, except that the recoil assembly operates like again a hi-power of a cz-75.

    I really like the 1911, but do not for the life of me do not understand why they did not move to a mechanism to hold in the recoil assembly like the hi-power.

    Am I missing something? Does that barrel bushing arrangement give you anything mechanically? I genuinely do not know.

    • Joshua

      it does and allows a couple of things, its first and most common advantage is accuracy, the bushing being separate allows you to tune that interaction for perfect accuracy, which is not all that important to most people. The barrel and recoil spring coming out the front allows the slide to be made a little tighter as you don’t have to allow tolerance for the spring and barrel to be swung down far enough to clear the breech block, usually not an issue as many 1911 slides allow for it anyway. Having a large opening out the front of the slide also simplifies the manufacturing, the ability to come in from the front of the slide to cut the barrel and recoil spring areas is simpler and easier than having to come in from the back and only drill out hole for the muzzle, that is one of the reasons why a number of the older HP clones used press fit bushings in the muzzle end, they were drilled out large enough to clear the barrel, and then had a precision made bushing pressed in to close the muzzle back in, this I believe is the primary reason it sticks around, it’s easier to build. As for redesigning it for an HP style disassembly, there is not a lot of point, the 1911s recoil spring is not well configured for such a system, the swinging link used in the 1911 does not retain the recoil spring, so if your going to redesign it to retain the recoil spring, why not change it out for a solid cam, also like the Hi-Power, once your changing out the tilting mechanism, why not change the magazine because honestly we can do better than 7+1, and if you do that then what about that trigger, because clean as the 1911s stirrup is to shoot, it’s a pain to make, and does not allow for anything other than single action, and does not go well with doublestack magazines, and if we’re redesigning anyway, why not go SA/DA? and then you don’t have a 1911 anymore, you have SIG, in fact why retain the hammer firing at all, strikers are the way of the future, but once you make it striker fired, and operate on a cam, and take down out the bottom of the slide, and doublestack magazine, well then you don’t have a 1911, you have an XD. so really, it’s not an issue of engineering, its an issue of what do you want, if you want a 1911, buy a 1911, if you want a modern gun, buy a modern gun, you can’t buy a 1911 and get a modern gun, and you can’t buy a modern gun and get a 1911. They don’t really exist, and when people claim they have it, it’s usually a clunky Frankenstein’s monster of a gun that’s not quite as good as either.

  • Swede69

    Bring back the wheel guns

    • Richard

      They have the cobra, and they might have some more at shot show.

  • Mmmtacos

    Colt is just stuck in the past.

    Then again, it’s snake revolvers and it’s Delta Elite pistols were quite popular.

    Is someone at Colt finally starting to figure things out? Next thing you know they might even update their website.

    • Hoplopfheil

      I wonder if they can even compete without a polymer carry gun (other than the ridiculously overpriced XSP).

      The budget AR they released was a step in the right direction, but it probably can’t sustain them through a bunch of had business decisions. Like remaking guns that couldn’t keep them in business originally…

  • iksnilol

    The most disappointing railgun in existence. You google “railgun” expectin’ cool shiznit, but then it’s just a 1911.


  • Pandaz3

    All good as far as I am concerned. My only Colt Pistol is a Mustang XSP, yes it’s pricy, yes the G-42 and Kahr CW-380 are a tad more accurate, but I enjoy shooting my Colt more.
    I have a EAA Witness Elite in 10 MM and a G-29 I would like a Delta Elite too, I think I am more likely to buy the all steel Commander in 9MM.

  • Noishkel

    Ehh. I still just wrap my head around the obsession with the 1911. It’s a good classic design, and all. But why do we need to stick with something from more than a century ago when there are so many other just cheaper, lighter, and flat out better options? Honestly, if we’re talking full sized metal 10mms, then I’d just as soon go for a EAA Witness.

  • weasle94

    I see some of the ammo for 10 mm surpasses the 45 acp . It throws out a 230 slug at 1050 fps Impressive !!!!

  • MisterTheory

    That video was painful to watch.

  • Anonymoose

    Now if I could just get that in a (all-steel) CCO configuration, I would be happy.

  • Greywolf

    Do you think anyone has given any thought to the advantage of the barrel/bushing/slide union as opposed to the barrel/slide union? Seems to me that the tension of the 1911 design would hold thinks tighter than the bushingless design. As the bushingless design wears, accuracy would deteriorate with no remedy save a new barrel custom fit by a qualified gunsmith. The Colt 1911 design provides an easy fix, get a new bushing and install it yourself ! I’ve done it myself. Eastpezy…

    • Greywolf

      Not to mention that the 1911 ushonf provides a way for the tilting barrel design to function without undue wear of the slide. What can I say, the 1911 is a superior design that has NOT been improved on in any significant way. DINOSAURS RULE !!!

  • Jason Lewis

    Spend 400 more for a Dan Wesson Razorback.

  • Chuck McKinney

    This guy has to readjust his grip after every shot;
    he needs to learn how to hold a pistol….