POTD: The M45A1 Pistol Onboard USS Pearl Harbor


    Photo Of The Day: A good day at sea, when you look 100% relaxed, catching some sunshine and performing a one-handed shot and the photographer captures the bullet mid-air. The recoil is just about to kick in. The location is the Northern Arabian Gulf and we have Reconnaissance Marines assigned to the All Domain Reconnaissance Detachment (ADRD), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). They’re firing their M45A1 pistols during a gun shoot aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52).


    Pearl Harbor and the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

    You can find the M45A1 Marine Pistol here:

    Model: M45A1 MarineAfter a rigorous selection process, the United States Marine Corps selected this Colt Rail Gun® as their Close Quarters Battle Pistol (CQBP). The M45A1 features durable Decobond™ brown coating and an M1913-spec Picatinny rail for mounting lights, lasers, and other accessories. Dual Recoil spring system reduces felt recoil while extending recoil spring life, and genuine Novak tritium front and rear three-dot night sights provide a quick sight picture in any encounter.

    Photo Source: U.S. Navy, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sang Kim.