Over 100 years later the Colt 1911 soldiered on in 2012 by capturing a huge new service contract for the United States Marines for an indefinite quantity, with a first order of 12,000 pistols, made by Colt Manufacturing in Hartford, Connecticut. We tried to get a review gun as soon as the news dropped, but the gun wasn’t available for the consumer market. Colts are generally tough to get anyway, because consumer demand is so high for them, yet on the handgun side, Colt is not a huge company. It is with great pleasure that we got the news here at SHOT that Colt will be producing 80 of these USMC guns per month for the consumer market. The price will probably be somewhere in 2nd mortgage land, but hey, it’s a Colt and it will only go up in value. These are actually going to be Colt Custom Shop guns, so they will be tuned and slicked up as well. Nobody thought to bring any Hoppes to the Colt tent at Media Day so we only have dirty pictures of the gun, but this is the actual gun they will be selling to the public. Eighty guns a month isn’t going to be enough, but at least we’ll have a shot a getting one. It takes a little while to process the 2nd mortgage anyway. Hopefully they will send us a review gun so we can get you more specifics, and shoot it when our hands are numb from the cold.
UPDATE: The new Colt catalog has this gun listed at $1,995. Not quite second mortgage! They aren’t going to be able to make enough of these for years. WANT WANT WANT!