Umarex Colt Model 1911 M45 CQBP Part 1
Two steps forward, two steps back, but what a price
By Dennis Adler
The new Umarex Colt M45 CQBP is a perfect fit with tactical vests used for military ops and training. The 1911 rail gun can be used for a variety of training exercises at a very low cost.
One of the biggest “wish list” requests for the Umarex Colt Model 1911 Commander was the addition of extended ambidextrous thumb safeties and a dust cover rail. That’s actually what Colt did with the real 1911 in 2012 when they introduced the M45A1 Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP), which was adopted that same year by the Marine Corps for issue to elite U.S.M.C. tactical units.
The 1911’s Picatinny rail is the same size and design as the .45 ACP M45 CQBP used by elite Marine Corps special operations units since 2012. The Umarex is shown with a Walther Night Force tactical light/laser combination.
It’s no secret, that even though the Beretta M9 (92FS military version) is the standard issue sidearm for our military, that special ops teams, whether Navy SEALS, USMC Force Recon, or other elite U.S. Special Forces, do not necessarily use the Beretta. Navy SEALS carry the Sig Sauer P226; Marine Corps special operations, the Colt M45A1 CQBP. So when Umarex decided to step up and deliver a more modern .177 caliber 1911 blowback action semi-auto, they based its appearances on the Colt M45A1 CQBP. You’ll note I said “appearances” and the reason for that is this recently introduced model is more about looks than full features.