Marines looking for procure M1911A1 frames

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Daniel E. Watters, who is always vigilant, alerted me to the fact that the Marines are looking to procure M1911A1 frames. The frames are for the MEU(SOC) pistols that are used by Force Recon.

Up till now they have been using surplus 1911 frames. I guess the supply of quality surplus frames in their inventory has finally run out, nearly twenty years after 1911 pistol was replaced by the M9.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Kerrmudgeon Kerrmudgeon on Jul 12, 2009

    Has anyone asked "why not acquire GLOCK 21 or Sig P220?" Have no other 'modern' .45ACP designs met reliability standards for a service pistol?

    • Doctor Jan Doctor Jan on Jul 26, 2013

      @kerrmudgeon Has anyone asked "why not acquire GLOCK 21 or Sig P220?"
      Yes, they have.

      Have no other
      'modern' .45ACP designs met reliability standards for a service pistol?
      No, they have not.

  • Valhalla Valhalla on Jul 13, 2009

    Umm, kerrmudgeon, what other pistol has survived in combat since what, WWII? Unless you include revolvers which I am not sure on, then only the 1911.

    That thing is solid in your hand, it almost begged to beat in a persons skull when I held on at a gun show. The Glock, Sigs, XD-40s, pfft... looked and felt nice, but didn't come across quite so threatening, so it's probably some old general who likes the 1911 and isn't into plastic pistols who keeps the other .45s out.

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