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There is no getting around the fact that Colt has kept a relatively low profile on the commercial gun stage during the last decade or so. Their military/government contracts so overshadowed the citizen/civilian market, that countless shooters simply stopped seeing Colt products at their gun shops.

But it would appear that this apparent sabbatical from the commercial gun market has thankfully ended, as Colt Manufacturing Company has several interesting products to offer the American gun buyer. I was witness to this fact during an event held at the Gunsite Academy outside of Prescott, Arizona. It was fitting that Colt would choose Gunsite for the venue, as they have such a history together. Few people were been bigger proponents of the Colt M1911A1 pistol than the late Colonel Jeff Cooper. Colt has been producing a special Gunsite Model .45ACP pistols for many years now.


Shooters will appreciate the wide beavertail grip safety, while the skeletonized trigger and hammer do their part to produce a wonderful trigger pull.

Gun Details During my time in Arizona I had the opportunity to work with the Colt Rail Gun. This pistol is essentially a full-sized M1911A1 .45 ACP handgun with an M1913 Picatinny rail machined into the dust cover of the frame. Understanding that many modern shooters desire a pistol that will accept rail-mounted accessories, Colt has developed three versions—a stainless steel, a black Cerakote and two-tone models.


The author had the opportunity to run the pistol through a punishing course at Gunsite Academy. Shown equipped with SureFire X300 WeaponLight. Paul Markel Photo&nbsp