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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 8 years ago

Is it possible to find a m1911 .45 ACP in use with the Military today?

I know the m9 beretta has been the standard issue pistol since 1991,

however are there still any m1911's floating around especially with special forces type units or has the US military got rid of them all?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Yes, there are a few units that still use the M1911, though it has been modernized. USMC Force Recon uses the M-45 MEU(SOC) pistol and is looking at other 1911 based models for replacement. The Marine Corps is currently looking at a couple of 1911 based models to field with MARSOC units. Rumor has it that some Special Forces units in the Army have pulled out their old 1911's, but I can't give you a solid reference on that one.

    Source(s): USMC active duty, Marine Corps Times "Corps considers 2 guns for new MARSOC .45" By Dan Lamothe, Posted : Tuesday Jan 25, 2011 5:15:44 EST
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  • 8 years ago

    Some units are going back to the M1911 because of its instantaneous stopping power, and LACK of penetrating power. The M9's round has too much penetration power. Often going clean through a body and leaving the guy that was shot a chance to get off a few more rounds or set off an explosive device. The .45 ACP round from the M1911 has massive knock down power because of the larger round and lower muzzle velocity, and typically does not penetrate a target through-and-through.

    If you get hit with the .45 caliber round, you're going to stop whatever it is you were doing instantly.

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