Colt Model 1911 M45 CQBP

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.

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.

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.

The Walther Night Force rail mounted tactical light uses six white LED lights surrounding a central Class IIIA red laser.

The Walther Night Force rail mounted tactical light uses six white LED lights surrounding a central Class IIIA red laser.

This gun is visually striking, if you overlook the less costly and incorrectly shaped SAO plastic trigger. This trigger system is one of three features that help bring the MSRP for this model 1911 way down the blowback action price scale to just $79.99. The other features that are cosmetic, though they look absolutely functional, are the beavertail grip safety and the promise of the Colt Commander’s self-contained CO2 and BB magazine. But when you depress the checkered magazine release a 19-round stick magazine, with a full-sized 1911 floorplate, drops out.

The Umarex Colt M45 CQBP has deeply milled black G10-style plastic grips. The left panel removed to allow inserting the CO2 into the grip frame. Also note the skeletonized Delta-style knurled hammer.

The Umarex Colt M45 CQBP has milled black G10-style plastic grips. The left panel removes to allow inserting the CO2. Also note the skeletonized Delta-style knurled hammer.

On the very cool side of features unique to this 1911 model, the deeply milled look black G10 grips hide the CO2 chamber in the grip frame and after removing the magazine, the left panel is lifted off to reveal the loading channel. The flat mainspring housing slides out, and has the hex head wrench built into the top so no extra tools are needed to tighten the seating screw. The airgun also uses a polymer frame (which a number of real 1911s use today), so that is also in the very cool category. With the metal blowback action slide in the correct CQBP desert sand finish, the M45 airgun weighs in at 30 ounces, lighter than a 1911 but still with adequate heft in the hand.

One step back in the advances made with the Umarex Colt Commander is a return to a separate stick magazine which holds 19 steel BBs, and a separate CO2 chamber inside the grip frame.

One step back from the Colt Commander, the M45 CQBP uses a 19-round stick magazine and a separate CO2 channel inside the grip frame. 

The flat mainspring housing slides off and had a correct hex head fitting on the top that is used to tighten the CO2 seating screw built into the grip frame. This eliminates the need for a separate tool to seat the CO2, which is necessary for the Colt Commander version.

The flat mainspring housing slides off and has a hex head fitting on the top that is used to tighten the CO2 seating screw built into the grip frame. This eliminates the need for a separate tool to seat the CO2, which is necessary for the Colt Commander version.

The markings on the left side of the slide are correct Colt stampings, those on the right have COLT M45 CQBP stamped under the ejection port, and all of the requisite airgun stampings for caliber and safety warning are stamped into the desert tan slide and not highlighted as to detract from the authentic look of the gun. The slide also has correct style front and rear serrations. The hammer, while injection molded plastic, is a correct skeletonized Delta style design. The Picatinny dustcover frame rail is correct for mounting any accessory that will fit on the .45 ACP CQBP, so as a practice gun this one fills the bill in that capacity, as well as coming with excellent white dot combat sights and functioning ambidextrous extended thumb safeties.

White dot tactical sights are another feature that gives the CQBP an authentic look and improved shooting capability.

White dot tactical sights are another feature that gives the CQBP an authentic look and improved shooting capability.

In overall looks and operation, the new Umarex M45 CQBP is a unique compromise between the Combat Commander and the version of that gun we all wanted. It’s more and less gun at the same time, and that’s the perfect definition of a compromise, a situation where everyone gets something and no one gets everything they wanted. As good as this gun looks, and for under $80, it’s a compromise most 1911 airgun enthusiasts can live with.

In Part 2 it’s time to lock and load and see what this 400 fps blowback action 1911 can deliver downrange.

A word about safety

Blowback action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts and this is one reason why they have become so popular. Airguns in general all look like guns, blowback action models more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.

5 thoughts on “Colt Model 1911 M45 CQBP

  1. I ordered one when they first came out due to the blowback and 400fps velocity. Mine went back the day I received it. It stopped working after 2 magazines, it would fire one round and not cycle the slide . Tried all the usual tricks to no result. My assessment was a good idea poorly executed. Lack of fully functioning controls, stick mag, I felt if you had a Commander or Remington type self contained co2 and mag ,fully functional controls,blowback 1911 you would be disappointed with this version. For a starter pistol on the cheap, maybe , but generally if you buy price ,you buy twice


    • My test, just concluded this afternoon, had no real issues with operation. It is a good idea but as I will note in Friday’s Airgun Experience it is an entry level gun, and for that purpose it is good enough. The issues you had are not indicative of the model or of Umarex quality so you might have received a bad one. It happens, even with high-priced models. But at your experience level, this is way less gun than you’re apt to like. I still like the Sig Sauer 1911 more than most of the other CO2 blowback action Rail Guns.


      • Definitely agree. It is an entry level pistol for sure. It seems like an answer to a question that nobody asked. Will stick to the higher end pistols. I would like to see more variations of the Commander type pistol, such as a true blowback version of the Defender. If I were King , I would have Umarex come out with a 1903 Pocket Model in blowback version, parkerized Officers Model and high Polish blue and Nickel versions. Those would be worthy of the Colt Pony on the frame


  2. Colt should have gone all in with a product bearing their name . Remington has full featured rail pistol , blowback functioning , ambi safety and grip safety , Commander style co2 mag ,and Pyramid has them for $79.95


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