Colt’s Rail Gun, a sibling of the M45 CQBP recently chosen as the USMC sidearm, is more than ready for patrol.
“Colt .45 automatic.” For shooters of my generation, that phrase just has a ring to it. When I got into handguns, it was a term used more often than “1911,” perhaps in part because Colt was pretty much the sole commercial manufacturer of 1911-style pistols then. And yes, I know, the Gun Grammar Police will cry, “It’s a semi-automatic!” But, oddly enough, it was Colt who stamped the word “automatic” right on the slide, and the term does properly describe the feeding mechanism if not the firing mechanism. The company’s latest 1911 is the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, which is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP, and I got my hands on the latter for testing.
This is going to be my review of the Colt 1911 CCU, catalog number 01o7occu in colts catalog, which I ran across by accident and liked enough to buy one of my own. Its also going to be a history of my use of 1911 pistols and how Ive experienced them.