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Old 12-24-2019, 08:58 AM
Guyfromohio Guyfromohio is offline
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Is my Custom Shop CQB anything special?

I just picked up an unfired, still in the package, Colt M45A1 CQB. It is all black, came with one black Wilson mag, circular cleaning kit, all in a green Pelican case. It was part of multi-gun trade for a Wilson of mine. I also got an unfired, in box SW 586 L-comp.

Part of my reasoning was that both would be easier to sell than a single Wilson. That being said, I really like the revolver and the Colt is growing on me.

For those who have and have shot a Custom Shop CQB, is it anything special? I’m not a huge fan of Ambi Safeties or rails. I also find the checkering a bit much for my delicate girly hands.

However, I understand the black to be a limited run and the gun appears to be very well-fitted. I’m not “needing” to sell it or anything like that. Before I shoot it and drop it’s resale value, is it worth keeping?


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Old 12-24-2019, 12:21 PM
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That's probably the best 1911 pistol ever made by Colt.

Is it "special"?
Shoot it and you'll find out.

I have one and it is my favorite of all my 1911's.
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:11 PM
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Does it have a checkered front strap or plain? It should have a fired test target with it. The M45A1 is a very under rated gun. They shoot very well. Even the standard models. Put some rounds through it and you will see how well they shoot. The rail puts weight up front that tames recoil somewhat. Try it you will like it. The M45A1 is one of my best shooting guns. Thats saying alot!
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:13 PM
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Those are some real endorsements! Thank you!
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:15 PM
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Does it have a checkered front strap or plain? It should have a fired test target with it. The M45A1 is a very under rated gun. They shoot very well. Even the standard models. Put some rounds through it and you will see how well they shoot. The rail puts weight up front that tames recoil somewhat. Try it you will like it. The M45A1 is one of my best shooting guns. Thats saying alot!
Front strap is checkered. Very sharp....much like my Springfield Pro was. I haven’t rifled through the papers yet to see if there is a test target. I will though.

Edit....yes. It has a test target.

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Old 12-24-2019, 09:52 PM
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Front strap is checkered. Very sharp....much like my Springfield Pro was. I haven’t rifled through the papers yet to see if there is a test target. I will though.



Edit....yes. It has a test target.



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Old 12-24-2019, 10:44 PM
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What's special about your gun is that it was assembled in the Colt Custom Shop and features a hand-fit barrel and probably some other special attention during the build.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:26 PM
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Are these guns test fired from a ransom rest? I looked at one just the other day thinking it very nice with great trigger and looking like this one but in brown sand color.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:33 PM
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It has had hand fit match barrel. Done by colt custom shop. Its fitted better than a standard M45A1. But still with the reliability of the M45A1. Plus the M45A1 models are made with drop in parts except for the thumb safety. Remember this pistol was designed to go to war. Its not Just another 45. But a gun built for hard useage.
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:23 AM
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It’s a Colt, therefore it’s automatically special.

Congratulations on the new toy.
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:48 AM
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I don't have production count on that variation, but I have to say it's one of the best looking. All black, grips are black and white, front strap checkering. If you don't have the outer cardboard shipper with the label, then it's not a complete package, so might as well shoot it and enjoy it.

Even if you did have the outer cardboard, right now the M45A1 roll mark guns don't appear to be holding any special value, so might as well enjoy them for the great shooters they are.
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Old 12-25-2019, 08:23 AM
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Wait , you said it was unfired ?

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Old 12-25-2019, 08:28 AM
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I don't have production count on that variation, but I have to say it's one of the best looking. All black, grips are black and white, front strap checkering. If you don't have the outer cardboard shipper with the label, then it's not a complete package, so might as well shoot it and enjoy it.

Even if you did have the outer cardboard, right now the M45A1 roll mark guns don't appear to be holding any special value, so might as well enjoy them for the great shooters they are.
Damnit....he gave me the cardboard and I tossed it.

I used to save every case, but I soon found myself with stacks and stacks, so I pitched all of them. I’ll keep that Pelican though.

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Old 12-25-2019, 11:58 AM
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As I recall Brad said the Custom Shop test targets were done at 15 yards firing off a bag.
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Old 12-25-2019, 05:16 PM
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Thanks Dakota. nice they are shot from a real hand and not a machine.
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Old 12-25-2019, 07:15 PM
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I could not own such a gun and not shoot it. Value be damned. Guns like that are made to be shot. Just sayin.....

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