Colt Close Quarters Battle M45A1 | SHOT 2017

Colt Close Quarters Battle M45A1

Colt Close Quarters Battle M45A1

A lot of the buzz at SHOT 2017 was over the U.S. Army’s selection of a pistol based on the Sig Sauer P320 to be Big Green’s next service pistol. But don’t forget the U.S. Marine Corps’ selection of the Colt Close Quarters Battle M45A1 in 2012. The CQB M45A1 was based on the Colt Rail Gun and uses a Wilson Combat 7-round magazine.

While the official Request For Proposal did not specify a 1911-style handgun, several items in the RFP did hint toward that end. It called for .45 ACP, for instance, and stated that compatibility with the USMC’s current 1911 magazines was desirable. So it should be no surprise that the selection ended up being a 1911.

The M45A1’s forged stainless steel is finished with flat desert tan Cerakote and a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail is in front of the trigger guard. It has a 5-inch match-grade barrel and Novak three-dot tritium night sights. The grips are G10, and the M45A1 CQB looks as solid and sharp today as it did when it was chosen by the USMC.

MSRP is $1,699.

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and


  • Rob

    Colt moved to an FDE IonBond late in 2015 at the request of the USMC.

    • any word on if the civ versions get the same treatment?

      • Rob

        All models that have shipped from Colt for civilian sales since Jan 1 2016 have had the new finish. I forget the exact date that they changed but it was some time in 2015.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Does it have standoff capability? Not something I care about but “close quarters battle” IS in the name and it’s $1600 so I would assume it would.

    • nabab

      I think that’s included in the ‘ninja quarters battle’ model.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Hasn’t the USMC already phased out the few of these they actually fielded in favor of Glocks?

    • CommonSense23

      Marsoc did.

      • Rob

        Correct. They remain in use with Recon and other small units in the Marine Corps such as Maritime Raid Forces.

        • Gary Kirk
          • david

            Raiders are MARSOC. Maritime Raid Force (MRF) is a task unit within a MEU, composed of mostly Force Recon and infantry. The M45 is primarily issued to those Force Recon members, if I recall correctly.

          • Ron

            M45A1, aka CQBP. The M45 were the renamed MEUSOC 45 and those were sent to Albany

            The trail/security platoon is pulled from the BLT but raid force proper are from the attached Force Recon unit, some MEUs put it at the CE and some at the BLT.

        • Ron

          Recon and the Base SRT still use them

  • Brett

    Still Sexy! Very Want!

  • imtoomuch

    But, but the 1911 is dead! Oh wait, that’s just the Glock humpers saying that.

    • AC97

      For military use in the US? Dead. Law-enforcement use? Almost, if not entirely dead. Self-defense use? Why are you using a 1911 for defense? Why not a wonder nine like the CZ 75 or Beretta 92 if you don’t want a Glock?

      • imtoomuch

        I didn’t realize self-defense was the only time guns were used. Oh wait, they’re not. Even so, there’s tons of men and women that carry 1911’s daily. I’m not one of them. I just laugh when buffoons claim the 1911 is dead.

        • john huscio

          Well 98% of the type’s current service resides with civilians. Technologically its an antique….. as for SD use….different strokes, different folks……

          • retfed

            I liked it till I saw the rail. Why should I spend almost 2 grand for a pistol that won’t even fit in my Fobus paddle holster?

          • ozzallos .

            You’re not spending 2k on the rail. You’re spending 2k on the modern military connection.

            And 1911s dead. LOL. What crack are you smoking?

          • retfed

            If I want to spend money on the modern military connection, I can buy a Sig P320, which currently has the modern-est military connection in the world. It’s so modern, it hasn’t even started yet!
            And I was making a joke. Someone who spends 2 Gs on a pistol isn’t gonna stick it in a Fobus.
            And 1911s aren’t dead. They’re just obsolete for military combat and LE, and obsolescent for civilian self-defense.
            But this one sure is pretty. Unless I drop it in the desert and lose it, since it’s the same color as the sand.

    • n0truscotsman

      It is pretty much dead for major military and law enforcement use, because they dont gain anything by using them. The only ones keeping them and the 45 ACP cartridge alive are the enthusiasts.

      Im a 1911 fan (back before many of these 1911 fans were alive), and this i reluctantly acknowledge.

      • retfed

        I’m sorta with you. I bought my first 1911, a Series 70 Combat Commander, around 1978 (I wish I still had it), and I’ve owned several since. I liked them, but time marches on. We don’t drive DeSotos anymore, and we don’t fly in DC-3s, so there’s no reason not to move forward from a heavy, complicated, low-capacity Taft-era pistol. If you want to stay with .45 ACP, there are plenty of pistols that are lighter, simpler, easier to maintain, and all-around better than a 1911.
        These days the 1911 is a status symbol and a macho talisman. If that’s for you, fine. I think I’ll pass.

        • n0truscotsman

          I just love how quintessentially “American” they are, but cannot stand new production ones. Not impressed with them one single bit.

          Reading about the first series of 1911s produced (Pre-WW1) with what was essentially a ‘black chrome’ is fascinating and makes me a bit sad, knowing no such guns can ever be made again. Truly works of art.

          But ill never foolishly compare the economics of their use and practicality with a modern polymer.

        • George Smythson

          Actually, we do still fly in DC-3s… granted, some of them have turbine engines and 5-bladed props…

  • Gary Kirk

    Didn’t Kimber do this in the early 2000s???

  • BlueMarlin Blues

    For 1700 you’re beginning to get into true heirloom quality 1911 territory. Aside from the colt rollmark, I don’t see any of that value in this pistol.

    • AZgunner

      Agreed. About $800 of that price is for the prancing pony on it and the fact that it’s the “Marine” pistol. It’s cool, but I could get a lot more 1911 for my money if you gave me a $1700 budget and told me to go wild.

      • asddn

        I don’t understand why they don’t have double stack magazines, don’t they use two hands to shoot? I can see the appeal of a grip thin enough for one handed self defense use, but in the military it’s used offensively with two hands.

  • valorius

    $1700….That Colt tax is absolutely BRUTAL.

  • nanbad

    Should rename the mags to ‘Wilson’s Wombat magazines’ cause a wombat is the only thing your gonna be able to take down with 7 rounds. (and that’s being optimistic, wombats are tough). Keep in mind it’s not becoming unusual for combatants to use performance enhancing drugs like amphetamines, massive doses of caffeine and who knows what else. Should attach a knife to the pistol just in case. (hitting a drug upped combatant doesn’t do jack)

    • BlueMarlin Blues

      I take massive doses of caffeine every morning, and you’re right, sometimes I get hit with a stray .45 auto round when I’m walking out the door, it just bounces right off.

      • irnnaa

        My mistake, I meant adrenaline injections.

    • WPZ

      Good heavens, there are still seven-round mags left in use?
      And people carrying them in guns with empty chambers?
      Hey, 1965 called and wants it paradigm back.

  • Jay Abramson

    The $1699 price is the production gun and not the as issued piece. The issue guns come in a Pelican case and have more hand fitting and tighter tolerances. And they run about $500 more (retail). Good luck finding one even at retail!

    • Rob

      You have it backwards. The custom shop models were made exclusively for the commercial market and production has since ended. The only part number delivered to the USMC is O1070M45 and it remains available for sale from Colt. No hand fitted parts was an explicit requirement for the M45A1 contract. The Marine Corps was not happy with sending down guns back to Quantico, which was needed for the older MEU(SOC) issued 1911 pistols.

  • 8D

    Colt Close Quarters Cracked Frame gun.

  • Moonman46

    Moonman dont care what you bought with your cash
    High points rule if they save my pale ass
    That being said I do go for style
    double tap or not wait for the flash and smile

  • ozzallos .

    Thanks but I’ll take a springfield, creocote it and save the extra $800 or so.

  • The_manBEar

    All 1911 arguments aside – that is a pretty sumbitch