The most modern of the Umarex 1911 air guns is this version of the Colt CQBP. Some Marines are fielding the .45 ACP version, and are most pleased with the modern take on the old John Moses Browning design. This one shoots BBs. It is a faithful reproduction of the .45’s aesthetics, with some notable differences in functionality.
Long after the Marines switched over to the Beretta 9mm, many were still longing for their old single-actions. Many more wanted more firepower. They asked for an updated 1911, and they got it. CQBP stands for Close Quarters Battle Pistol. The never-ending M9 vs. 1911 debate may be partially resolved, now that the Army is adopting a SIG, but fans of the 1911 still want a 1911.
The Colt beat out two other contenders in 2012. The new M45A1 CQBPs are used by the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation Command, Force Recon, Special Reaction Teams (SRT) and even the Marine Corps pistol team.
The Umarex/Colt collaboration sports a two-tone frame. The look is spot on for the CQBP. Under the hood, of course, this is a BB gun. But while some of the Umarex 1911s are detailed clones of 1911 functionality, this one has some modifications.
Let’s start with the obvious similarities. This Colt has some aggressive grips. While they’re not G10, they are stylish and functional. This one has fast 3-dot sights. The serrations at the front and rear of the slide match those on the original. This one even has a functional, ambidextrous thumb safety.
If you saw the two side by side, it would be hard to tell them apart. The BB gun version of the CQBP will even fit in duty holsters meant for the .45 ACP.
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