I admit I greeted the news with great enthusiasm. In July, Colt Defense was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the U.S. Marine Corps for up to 12,000 M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols (CQBP), including logistical support. The new CQBP is a direct descendant of the stalwart Colt M1911 adopted by the U.S. military in 1911 and carried as the primary sidearm through all of the major conflicts and wars of the 20th century. The CQBP expands on a long history of the Marines rebuilding original government-issue 1911s, primarily for use by Force Recon and MARSOC units.
Taurus offers one of the best buys in a 1911 when you consider price and included extras. I’d place them in the number two spot in value but that’s just my opinion.
Perhaps the most polarized debate among 1911 aficionados is whether the integral Picatinny rail is welcome on John Browning’s classic design.