The New Colt Marine Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP)

Written by Kevin Webb

The Marine Corps will be changing to a new issued pistol to be used by Marine Special Operators like Force Recon and MARSOC. Colt will once again put it’s 1911 style Rail Gun, also known as the Colt Marine Close Quarters Battle Pistol (CQBP), into the hands of America’s finest. This will be the first time that the Marine Corps has been issued Colt sidearms since WWII. You can read more about the details here.

Colt M45 Marine Pistol Shot Show 2013


The New Colt Marine Pistol is customized with a Desert Tan cerakoted stainless steel receiver and slide, and sports Novak 3 Dot Night Sights. It will be available to civilians in extremely limited quantities through the Colt Custom Shop, and is expected to sell from between $1700-$2100.

Marine Pistol Features:
• Novak 3 Dot Night Sights
• Enhanced Hammer
• Ambidextrous Safety Lock
• Long, Solid Aluminum Trigger
• Flat, Serrated Mainspring Housing with Lanyard Loop
• Desert Tan Cerakoted Stainless Steel Receiver and Slide
• 5″ National Match Barrel
• MIL-STD-1913 Accessory Rail

Frank Moody at has worked very closely with the development of the Colt Marine pistol, and has discussed some of the upgraded features that were changed in order to make it combat ready for Marines.

Such Changes Included:
• Moving the front slide serrations farther toward the muzzle
• Making the serrations wider instead of narrower
• Strengthening the dust cover and 1913 rail to meet USMC durability requirements
• Internal parts have been tumbled and electro nickel-plated to eliminate the need for polishing
• A ten pistol interchangeability test, along with an endurance test, had to be performed
• Dual recoil springs with a shorter recoil guide have replaced the standard “GI style” setup
• The dual spring setup was designed to dampen the recoil physics


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