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    While it's good to make sure you're getting accurate information, part of being a good Soldier is having initiative to learn on your own. If you do some research and still have questions, than you come ask them.
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    Marines are again making the right decision. Jeez

    After 30 years, the Marines are returning to the Colt .45 pistol - News - Stripes <--click to read

    After 30 years, the Marines are returning to the Colt .45 pistol
    By MATTHEW STURDEVANT
    The Hartford Courant
    Published: August 18, 2012

    The M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol.
    COLT DEFENSE LLC
    HARTFORD, Conn. — The newest Colt .45-caliber pistol is touted for its durability and design.

    It is tested to make sure it can be dropped in water, covered in mud, immersed in sand or ice, or left in a dust storm — and still be able to blast off a round when you pull the trigger.

    "Virtually, it's indestructible," said Casimir Pawlowski, who works in international sales and technical sevices for Colt Defense LLC. "You can drive over these things with a Humvee and they're still gonna work. It's like a brick that shoots bullets."

    An order last month of new M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols for the Marines is the first purchase of any Colt handgun in almost three decades by any branch of the U.S. military, though .45-caliber Colts were a trusty sidearm of the Army and Marines for most of the 20th century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWO Sharkey View Post
    Marines are again making the right decision. Jeez

    After 30 years, the Marines are returning to the Colt .45 pistol - News - Stripes <--click to read

    After 30 years, the Marines are returning to the Colt .45 pistol
    By MATTHEW STURDEVANT
    The Hartford Courant
    Published: August 18, 2012

    The M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol.
    COLT DEFENSE LLC
    HARTFORD, Conn. — The newest Colt .45-caliber pistol is touted for its durability and design.

    It is tested to make sure it can be dropped in water, covered in mud, immersed in sand or ice, or left in a dust storm — and still be able to blast off a round when you pull the trigger.

    "Virtually, it's indestructible," said Casimir Pawlowski, who works in international sales and technical sevices for Colt Defense LLC. "You can drive over these things with a Humvee and they're still gonna work. It's like a brick that shoots bullets."

    An order last month of new M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols for the Marines is the first purchase of any Colt handgun in almost three decades by any branch of the U.S. military, though .45-caliber Colts were a trusty sidearm of the Army and Marines for most of the 20th century.
    Great News, Great Link! - Do you think the Army will ever use this weapon again?
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    I doubt it. The 1911 can be finicky, and the Army quite frankly sucks at weapons maintenance. IF we end up with a new pistol, I would expect it to be a Glock, Sig, or S&W M&P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papachop View Post
    I doubt it. The 1911 can be finicky, and the Army quite frankly sucks at weapons maintenance. IF we end up with a new pistol, I would expect it to be a Glock, Sig, or S&W M&P.
    I would be EXTREMELY surprised to see DOD select any small arm that doesn't have an external safety.

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    Be that as it may, SF has deployed with all the major platforms including the Glocks. And if the DoD specs require one, Glock might well decide to make a variant with an additional dedicated external safety lever (the Glock already has one external safety, the lever on the front of the trigger).

    I see that it is Force Recon and MEU/SOC units getting the M45s - I wonder how many accidental discharges it will take for the USMC to go back to its Vietnam policy of 'no round in the chamber'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCPharmD View Post
    Google your initial question word for word. The first results you get are "Beretta M9 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." There you have it.
    Except that as you can see by my post above, that answer is not the whole story - hence the information about the M11, Mk23 and Mk24, and other issued pistols.
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    And a more informative post on wikipedia is this - List of individual weapons of the U.S. Armed Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Which notes that issued sidearms include;




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    Glocks are able to have safeties installed. It doesn't even void the warranty if it's done by an authorized gunsmith. With a 4-6 lb trigger pull accidental discharges are possible. My Glock clone, a S&W Sigma, has a 10-12 lb trigger pull for that very reason & at request by Government entities. It can be lightened to Glock standards by the simple removal of a spring. The Afghan Army & Police have been issued Sigmas & if I had my way they would have a 50 lb pull the way things are going.

    I've been carrying my Sigma .40 cal with a round in the tube. Always, unless it's locked away. Some are reluctant to do that which makes the pistol nothing more than a club. I feel confident that my finger will not ever touch the trigger until I'm fully prepared to shoot. With my holsters covering the full trigger guard accidents won't happen.
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