posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 11:47 AM
While in the service, I carried a Colt for many watches, and I even qualified for the marksmanship ribbon with the "E" for expert. I also own a
small Firestar 9mm, so I think I can judge the difference between the two types pretty well.
The Colt is definately a defensive weapon. Beyond 20 yards, anybody but the most experienced shooter is gonna have a hell of a time hitting a target,
especially a moving target. The gun does kick, but not substantially so. But the combination of heavy pistol weight, moderate kick, and low muzzle
velocity makes the Colt not very accurate for the average user. What is does have is stopping power. The large round with lower muzzle velocity
creates an incredible amount of kinetic energy transfer when you hit a person. Anybody hit by a 45 is going down on their butt - no doubt about
The problem is that in the services the current inventory of Colts are all pretty old. I once had a Gunner's Mate on my first ship show me a 45 he
pulled out of the pistol locker that was manufactured in 1938. And it was still in use almost 50 years later. Some of these guns are just plain
wearing out. Also, the magazines are so old that most of the time you can only put in 5 rounds, because anything more than that would wear out the
spring in the clip, causing the gun to jam up due to rounds not coming up all the way.
The Colts still have their uses. I would definately want one if I were being bum-rushed by some knife wielding manic. However, I think the move over
to the 9mm is way overdue....