The U.S. Marine Corps has contracted Colt Defense LLC for as many as 12,000 M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols."An Italian company". Heh. Love the MSM's reporting on all things firearms. That company is the oldest firearms company in the world. I'm not a big fan of the 92, but you have to give them their due.
The M45 CQBP is the descendant of the Colt M1911, used by U.S. forces in every major conflict of the 20th century. The U.S. Army and other services replaced it with 9mm pistols from an Italian company.
"Colt Defense looks forward to another great partnership with the Marine Corps as we renew industry production of the military 1911." The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award is for five years and carries a value of as much as $22.5 million.
Colt said the initial delivery order is for 4,036 pistols plus spares and logistical support and deliveries will begin this year.