Colt 1911 Combat Unit Rail Gun 45acp Review
This is going to be my review of the Colt 1911 CCU, catalog number 01o7occu in colts catalog, which I ran across by accident and liked enough to buy one of my own. Its also going to be a history of my use of 1911 pistols and how Ive experienced them.
This review will be in at least 2 parts, and maybe more as I am waiting on holsters and I plan on debunking a lot of the online gossip.
First so we are all on the same page this is the gun I’m talking about
In the Blue Box
The gun came with 2 colt magazines, an orange plastic chamber flag and cable lock I’m sure Ill loose, and a manual.
A standard Series 80 Pistol manual.
No surprises there
At first glance this appears to be just another Colt Rail Gun and I understand how the casual viewer could mistake the two.
The most obvious difference is the grip panels which are specific to the CCU, the Rail Gun uses the same pattern Diamond grip Colt has used in various forms for many years. The CCU has a relieved section behind the magazine release as well.
The other difference is the front grip checkering ( 25 lines per inch) which fits my hand nicely, and my hands stay right where they started from the holster.
Gloves or bare skin, the grip you have is what you’ve got if you are under stress.
The CCU also has a Novak front and rear sight, the front sight has a Tritium insert and is easy to pick up with a flash sight picture.
The rear sight is a plain black , no white outline which seems to be an issue in some forums online, but I’m not seeing it to be a problem.
You watch the front sight, track targets and let the rear alignment fall in place as you press the trigger.
Its a set of sights, not a religion.
What I also like is the undercut trigger guard, as my Enhanced also has. My hand pushes up against the curve of the grip safety and I have a very nice grip which I’ve only seen on a Browning High Power. Very easy to track targets with my hand being as close to the center of the bore as you can get with a Browning design.
Dual recoil springs and the added weight of the rail keeps muzzle jump to a minimum, make keeping the front sight on target easier than an old school 1911.
The safety is not ambidextrous, I’m right handed so I am happy. I like Appendix carry and a safety on both sides just gives me more chances to wipe it off during daily carry.
The rail, is a 1913 spec Picatinny, and will hold anything that will reasonably fit on it. Mine now has a Surefire XC1. We will see how that works out as it goes.
There it is, you don’t have to like it.
Series 80 Firing Pin safety
This again is a sore spot in most peoples minds. The “traditional” 1911 didn’t have a firing pin safety and this gun shouldn’t either”.
I have a number of 1911 pistols. My favorites to carry and shoot are series 80. The trigger, once you shoot it some smooths out. My enhanced Model, has a plastic trigger and was a bit rough at first but settled in nicely after about 700 rounds. The trigger wasn’t as bad as a WWII pattern copy by Auto Ordnance Ive had opportunity to fire on numerous occasion.
I’m sure the CCU will smooth out in time and since I’m planning shooting it a lot, and doing presentation drill from the holster until I’m happy I can carry and present with muscle memory . I’m a long time Glock for daily carry person, its is the way it is.
At least it is a reliable safety feature. Some guns produced by other makers use a grip safety actuated firing pin safety.
Way too many things to go wrong for me, your mileage may vary.
This is the first 5 inch Gov’t Model I’ve had with a flat mainspring housing so I wasn’t sure how it would point. I am happy to say it fits my hand like all the rest I’ve fired and dry firing on a target feels very good.
The trigger, which is a skeletonized aluminum with 3 holes is smooth with very little creep before it breaks.
Drill and dry firing in the house smoothed out the trigger already so I have great expectations for this pistol after I have run more ammo through it and I get used to carrying a single action automatic again.
First off, if you look around you’ll find there aren’t many holsters marketed for the CCU Rail Gun just yet.
Not so fast.
Colt is building the new guns on the M45a1 frames so anything for an M45 will fit a CCU Rail Gun as well. That’s from research on 1911 forum and Colt reps posting as things are updated with the line.
I ordered from Dale Fricke an Appendix Carry Inside the Waistband Kydex rig.
It is a custom build, he asks for the specific light you own and builds the holster to fit the light as well.
As I stated, mine is a Surefire XC1.
He calls it the Archangel, and I have 2 for Glocks already. They are very comfortable, I’ve concealed a G17 with Trijicon RMR in a similar holster called the Saraphim wearing a polo shirt. The Archangel is in fact one of the very best concealment rigs Ive ever worn, and I have a plastic bin full of holsters that simply didn’t cut it.
I also ordered 2 rigs from Galco, the fit chart says Colt Rail Gun so I’m optimistic they will fit.
I wrote this review for people wanting the information I wanted when I was looking for this gun. If you have questions or comments please post them in the comment section.
Colt 1911 Combat Unit Rail Gun 45acp Review