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#1 gromky, to get a 45 to shoot like a match gun and stay combat reliable ain't cheap. Hi tech coatings, aftermarket parts (or copies thereof), hand fitting and tuning. It isn't your old rack grade issue 45 from back in the day that grouped 4 inches at 10 feet...
Posted by tipover 2012-08-25 00:33||
#2 Plus parts and support are probably pert of the contract.
Posted by tipover 2012-08-25 00:34||
#3 About time! I have a Springfield Armory XD and a 1911A1. The latter is my favorite. Never had a malfunction yet. If they use Wilson 47D magazines, this weapon should serve the Marines well.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2012-08-25 01:05||
#4 Pistol shooting is a bit like sex. It has quite a lot to do with the operator.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 01:55||
#5 yeah but the old .45 would only cost us $104.04 after they were fifty bucks a piece. Going Switzerland with weapons would be nice.
Posted by newc 2012-08-25 03:43||
#6 From the Marine Corps Rules of Gunfighting:
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."
Posted by Bangkok Billy 2012-08-25 04:30||
#7 There's the old story of the Texas lawman who was awsked by a reporter: "Why do you carry a .45 pistol?"
"Cause they don't make a .46"
Posted by M. Murcek 2012-08-25 08:10||
#8 ..but has a number of improvements that make the weapon more reliable,
Anybody have their 45 fail on them? Well, at least one that wasn't buried in crap and rusty.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-08-25 08:19||
#9 My 10 round Israeli .45 with 2 mags was <$500 OTS.
Posted by Skidmark 2012-08-25 10:50||
#10 In the Navy, I shot a .45, the bullet was so slow i could see it travel, and also so slow I couldn't hit anything(It moved before the bullet got there)
I prefer the 9MM that shoots straight, I cant see it and is accurate, if you use the 45 I suggest a much larger Magazine, you'll need it.
Try a .357 same bullet as the 9mm but much faster.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-08-25 11:33||
#11 No weapons expert here, but I believe standard .45 ball, unlike the 9mm, is subsonic (very slow as you point out RJ). The Colt barrel is easily removed and replaced by a threaded barrel which will accept a sound supressor. Most combat pistol work, as I understand it, is done indoors at close range with lasers, in the hours of darkness or in limited light. The slower .45 round is not as prone to richochet, which is another plus for shooter, his teammates and potential bystanders.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 11:53||
You don't have to center punch a guy with a .45 to take them down. Hit an adversary ANYWHERE with a .45 and they go down.
But crap guys, how hard is it to hit a human sized target that's only 20 to 50 feet away? I carried the .45 the entire time I was in the Army and I think it is more accurate than that freaking popgun M-16. And BTW I shot EXPERT on the .45 every time I qualified and I thought it was an easy weapon to use once you got used to the recoil.
Sappers over ran our fire base and fragged my hooch, I got out of there in my underwear with a .45, spent the entire night in a fire fight with a .45. I tell you for a fact that a VC centerpunched with a .45 with go backwards several feet in the air.
I heard a lot of complaints about the 9 mm only irritating the bad guys from Marines and Army guys who came back from Afghanistan or Iraq. I was wondering when common sense was going to win out in the handgun department. I know the Italians are making a .45 version of the 92F because of the complaints and I know Brits and Poles were scrounging up .45's too.
The 9 mm is a piece of crap worthless weapon best used as a club or an object thrown. Most police departments here in SoCal are going to the .40 S&W or .45...they found out how useless the 9mm was.
Geez guys you found out how worthless the .38 special was and you went BACK to equivalently the same stupid weapon?
Posted by Bill Clinton 2012-08-25 12:00||
#13 > easy weapon to use once you got used to the recoil.
I fired a .33 magnum on holiday. That was like a bomb going off in your hands. I cannot think what firing a .45 is like.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-08-25 13:12||
#14 Geez guys you found out how worthless the .38 special was and you went BACK to equivalently the same stupid weapon?
Anything to appease the Yurp-peons, Bill. Until it gets you killed. Maybe.
Posted by PBMcL 2012-08-25 13:31||
#15 Ok, rifle story. I had a friend on the Weapons Committee at the Special Warfare Center (SWC) at Ft. Bragg in the early 1960's. They were asked to test a replacement for the M-14 rifle. The committee recommended the FN FAL in 7.72 NATO. The recommendation was rejected by big Army. What is SOF transitioning to today (some 50 years later)? The SCAR in 7.72x51 NATO.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 14:00||
#16 Above should read 7.62x51... but you knew that.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 14:02||
#17 I am hoping for the 7.62x45.
Posted by Whiskey Mike 2012-08-25 14:23||
#18 Not that good a weapon Mike. Still a few limping around from Grenada. Klik
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 14:28||
#19 the slower .45 round is not as prone to richochet, which is another plus for shooter, his teammates and potential bystanders
Which is preferable inside a ship, along with the firepower and effectiveness at close range.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-25 15:11||
#20 Sounds familar - didn't the .45 become the standard US Army handgun after the .38 proved ineffective in the Phillipines Moro Insurection?
A case where history doesn't exactly repeat itself but it rhymes.
Posted by Mercutio 2012-08-25 15:19||
#21 I'm fine with the switch to .45 cal. They should ahve done this a long time ago.
It's the PRICE that's freaking me out. The 1911 has been in use for over a 100 years. Do we really need to fiddle with minor design changes ... is there anything that really needs to be done now that wasn't needed in all previous wars. I can go to Para Ordnance and buy a nice 1911 with a 5-inch barrel for under $700. So why in Hades is the Marine Corp paying $1900 for these pistols???
Posted by Raider 2012-08-25 16:10||
#22 It's all the R&D Raider. Remember the $100k hammer ?
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-25 16:44||
#23 More like the smallish size of the order and the paperwork.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-25 17:28||
#24 Pistol shooting is a bit like sex. It has quite a lot to do with the operator.
I thought it was Bridge that was like sex. You either have a good partner or a good hand. At least, that's what Mother told me!
Posted by AlmostAnonymous5839 2012-08-25 18:00||
#25 "But crap guys, how hard is it to hit a human sized target that's only 20 to 50 feet away?"
Via Instapundit: "As the two officers confronted a gunman in front of the Empire State Building.... From a distance of less than 10 feet, the officers, Craig Matthews and Robert Sinishtaj, answered in unison; one shot nine times and the other seven. Investigators believe at least 7 of those 16 bullets struck the gunman..." (Not counting the 9 bystanders hit.)
Posted by Cromert 2012-08-25 20:27||
As they showed us when teaching us the finer points of using a .45, if you can point your finger at a target 20 feet away, you should be able to hit it every time.
The last time I qualified on the .45, I didn't miss a single shot. And I don't consider myself that good a shot.
I think the NYPD guys were too busy pissing their pants and calling their union steward about overtime to shoot correctly.
What a bunch of pussies
Posted by Bill Clinton 2012-08-25 21:43||
#27 Safest place to be when a duty cops pulls his pistol is 50ft in front of him.
Posted by Iblis 2012-08-25 22:14||
#28 My Springfield 1911 was 950 bucks when I bought it. Stainless, ambidextrous safety levers. Great trigger pull, all ground and smoothed in the right places for perfect feed and case ejection. I put a wilson combat one piece spring guide, with wilson springs and a shock buff. That weapon keeps on firing and does not misfire. Put in some good hydro shock type rounds and you can tear something up at close quarters. Tritium sights are nice, too. I do not use a laser.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2012-08-25 23:06||