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Colt M45 MEU(SOC)


Special Forces Semi-Automatic Service Pistol


United States | 1986



"The MEU SOC is an improved M1911 series .45 caliber pistol in service with the US Marine Corps."

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Colt M45 MEU(SOC). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
165 ft
50.3 m | 55.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
830 ft/sec
253 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Physical
The physical qualities of the Colt M45 MEU(SOC). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
210 mm
8.27 in
O/A Length
127 mm
5.00 in
Barrel Length
2.51 lb
1.14 kg
Weight
Semi-Automatic; Recoil-Operated
Action
.45 ACP
Caliber(s)
7-round box magazine
Feed
Iron Front and Rear
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Colt M45 MEU(SOC) Special Forces Semi-Automatic Service Pistol family line.
M45 MEU(SOC) - Base Series Designation
M1911 - Base Colt Model on which the MEU(SOC) is derived from.
M1911A1 - Improved M1911


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The MEU(SOC) represents the ultimate evolution of the M1911 Colt system which appeared in the early 1900's and developed into a much-liked and well-respected weapon for countless security and military forces the world over. The system was held in high regard thanks to its overall design, lending to a higher degree of reliability, ruggedness and man-stopping power. The MEU(SOC) was spawned from a need to arm United States Marine Corps personnel with a standard sidearm when fielding the HK MP5-N navy-model 9mm submachine gun.

Seeing it that the M1911A1 was in large supply thanks to it being accepted as the standard US sidearm for decades, the MEU(SOC) was the M1911A1 in modified form - even though all M1911A1's were set to be replaced by the newly-accepted Beretta M9 9m pistols. Though outwardly, the MEU(SOC) shares some similarities to the M1911A1 system, the MEU(SOC) features a host of improvements that have increased its effectiveness and handling characteristics.

The MEU(SOC) features a new barrel design, more sensitive trigger function, improved iron sights and a rubber-coated pistol-grip. The magazines themselves have now been updated to a more effective stainless steel model as well. Some 500 M1911A1 models were modified to this newer MEU(SOC) standard, ensuring that the M1911 series as a whole will continue to serve with US forces for decades more.

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