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Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

"The Noise You Hear, is the Sound of FREEDOM."
SRT Marines sight-in with “new” .45-caliber pistol

By Sgt. Marcy Sanchez | Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | September 05, 2012

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A Marine with the Air Station's Special Reaction Team puts rounds down range during an exercise designed to familiarize SRT with the M45 1911 A1 pistol. The M45 1911 A1 pistol is slowly becoming the Marine Corps' standard-issue side arm, replacing the Beretta M9A1 service pistol which has been issued since 1990.

A Marine with the Air Station's Special Reaction Team puts rounds down range during an exercise designed to familiarize SRT with the M45 1911 A1 pistol. The M45 1911 A1 pistol is slowly becoming the Marine Corps' standard-issue side arm, replacing the Beretta M9A1 service pistol which has been issued since 1990. (Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez)


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Marines with the Air Station's Special Reaction Team, line up to disberse rounds to targets as they familiarize themselves with the M45 1911 A1 pistol, Aug. 21. The Marine Corps is slowly transitioning to using the M45 1911 A1 pistol as the standard-issue side arm for Marines who previously used the Beretta M9A1 service pistol.

Marines with the Air Station's Special Reaction Team, line up to disberse rounds to targets as they familiarize themselves with the M45 1911 A1 pistol, Aug. 21. The Marine Corps is slowly transitioning to using the M45 1911 A1 pistol as the standard-issue side arm for Marines who previously used the Beretta M9A1 service pistol. (Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez)


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A .45-Caliber round is layed out next to a 9 mm round, Aug. 21. The M45 1911 A1 is being implemented into units as they transition over from the standard issue Beretta M9A1 pistol.

A .45-Caliber round is layed out next to a 9 mm round, Aug. 21. The M45 1911 A1 is being implemented into units as they transition over from the standard issue Beretta M9A1 pistol. (Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez)


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Magazines of .45-Caliber rounds are layed out as they are loaded during an exercise for Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 21. The exercise was intended to familiarize the Marines of the team with the M45 1911 A1 pistol as they transition over from the standard issue Beretta M9A1 pistol.

Magazines of .45-Caliber rounds are layed out as they are loaded during an exercise for Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Aug. 21. The exercise was intended to familiarize the Marines of the team with the M45 1911 A1 pistol as they transition over from the standard issue Beretta M9A1 pistol. (Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez)


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MCAS Beaufort --

 

The Provost Marshal’s Of­fice Special Reaction Team familiarized themselves with the newest addition to their arsenal at the pistol range aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Aug. 21.

 

This exercise marks the beginning of the transi­tion to the M45 1911 A1 pistol.

 

“We will be the first in PMO to carry them,” said Sgt. Daniel Sloniker, a team leader with the SRT. “We’ll be training a lot with them, that’s what we do—we shoot guns all the time.”

 

In a move to assist with the fleet-wide transition to the M45 close quarter battle pistol, the Marine Corps recently awarded Colt De­fense a five-year contract. Full implementation of Colt’s M45 CQBP will begin later this fall.

 

Implementation of the weapon into the special reaction team is critical to their role as a response force. They respond to crisis situations such as: terrorist attacks, hostage situations and VIP protection. The unit has capabilities similar to civilian S.W.A.T. (Spe­cial Weapons and Tactics) teams.

 

“We’re the ones who kick the doors in, save hostages and take out the suspect,” said Sloniker. “We have to be able to employ our weapons and make sure if we shoot, we hit our target.”

 

SRT has begun to cross train the Marines to prepare for a standard issue with the weapon, said Staff Sgt. Joshua Sumerfette, a team commander with the SRT.

 

The transition will leave behind the Beretta M9A1, which has been the Marine Corps’ standard issue side arm for the last 20 years. The pistols’ differences were noted by the SRT as they shot the new M45 for the first time.

 

The M45 employs a .45-cal­iber round that is noticeably larger than its predecessor’s 9 mm round. No increase in recoil was noted by the SRT Marines, despite the pistols larger round diameter.

 

The M45 has a seven round magazine vice the M9’s 15 round magazine, said Sumerfette. However, the stopping power makes up for the lack of rounds.

 

“Even though there is an obvious difference be­tween the [9 mm] round and [.45-caliber] round, the recoil is similar],” said Sum­erfette. “The M45’s trigger tension is lighter and makes for a smoother shot.”

 

Before stepping out in front of their targets, the ma­jority of the Marines of SRT had their expectations for the new weapon.

 

“I personally have never shot the [M45 1911 A1],” said Sloniker, from Law­ton, Okla. “I’m expecting it to be a little more accurate because the trigger pull is a lot softer than the M9 pistol.

 

“I’m sure it’s going to be a good time.”

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3 Comments


  • don fitzpatrick 1 years 7 days ago
    Love the 1911. Carried one my entire time as a Marine. Love the single action design, equal trigger travel & trigger pressure. Does make for better first round hits on "threat" and follow up shots as well. Really glad my Marine Corp has gone back to what they should have never left in the first place. I still carry a 1911 as a law enforcement officer. Mine is a Kimber TLE II w/Novak sights and Crimson Trace Laser sights for night work. I tell everyone whom I instruct, "I do not care how many rounds your magazine will hold. The only one that controls how long the fight may last is the FIRST one." Glad the old war horse is back where it belongs. SEMPER FI. OUT!!! U.S.M.C. 1/4 M.O.S. 2531 (FIELD RADIO OPERATOR 'NAM)
  • John Jackson 1 years 234 days ago
    The history of the M1911 is fantastic. John Moses Browning took Hiram Maxim's work to the next level and beyond. The short recoil tilting locking barrel set the stage for the next 100 years. Be proud to carry this powerful weapon. Learn all about it and enjoy your time with it. You will be glad you did.
  • John Jackson 1 years 234 days ago
    The history of the M1911 is fantastic. John Moses Browning took Hiram Maxim's work to the next level and beyond. The short recoil tilting locking barrel set the stage for the next 100 years. Be proud to carry this powerful weapon. Learn all about it and enjoy your time with it. You will be glad you did.

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