Marines wanting to buy 4000 more M45 pistols

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The M1911 is stealthily making a comeback! The Marines are wanting to procure 4000 M45 pistols. The M45 was previously know as the MEU(SOC) pistol. A few interesting points from the procurement document …

  • Pistol must have an accessory rail meeting MIL-STD-1913 specifications
  • five shot group to an average of no more than 4 inches by 4 inches at 25 yards
  • It has a consistent trigger pull of 5 (+/- 1) lbs.
  • Reliability of an average minimum of 300 rounds between stoppages and 5,000 rounds between parts failures

[ Many thanks to Daniel E Watters for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • William William on Aug 06, 2011

    there's a reason that the good old 1911 is back at least with the Marines even in limited numbers..true 1911 guns are not really obsolete..(e.g. .50 Cal. MG Browning is still in use not only by the americans but also some of its allies)..& is good news for the 1911 fan...sure hope they went for a railed double stack version of the 1911...more ammo..more compatibility for pistol accessories...this year JMB's 1911 is still evolving and improving..and making a grand comeback...cheers...

  • Grandpa Grandpa on Aug 21, 2012

    I am 66 years old and an army brat growing up till age 18. At age 12 i was instructed how to field strip, clean and reassemble a 1911-a1. I see no reason according to sum people why it should not be issued as it was back in the 70s. All parts can be interchanged and anyone with some training can take care of it. I have seen several times what one well placed 45 round will do to a human on the other side i have looked over reports were it took several 9MM rounds to stop a person, in one case the subject took 31 rounds to the body before dropping dead. All you 9mm lovers can have them, I have something i know will stop a man with 1 or 2 torso hits. Ask any operator what cal pistol he would want to take on a mission and the 45 will be at the top of the list.