The Original Big-BOre BaTTle-BUDDY iS BaCK! John Connor M45 Corps W ell, dang … I’ve tried so hard — with 99 percent success — to always see guns as just tools; portable machines to be used and used hard, maintained properly and even cleaned occasionally, but tools which can always be replaced without regrets. I first learned that from my Dad. Later, while working in the field of “serious shenanigans,” I learned never to get so attached to a firearm you’d hesitate for an instant flinging it into a muddy ditch and walkin’ away whistling. After all, with a sharp stick, a rock or your bare hands, you could always get an acceptable replacement. The only exception, Dad made crystalclear, with his “business finger” a halfinch from my nose: “My Colt,” he said in his Navy chief voice, the one you could hear across a tin can’s gun deck with the 40 mike-mike twins barkin’. Then he leaned in closer and loaded his tone with a little more gravel: “My COLT!” I got the message. I wasn’t prepared for my own reaction when I pulled the lock tabs on the olive drab Pelican case, swung the lid open and took my first peep at the new Colt M45 Marine Close Quarters Battle Pistol. Yeah, it was a modified Colt 1911 Rail Regardlessofwhatmightbethecaseintherealworld regardingstoppingpower,theimposing.45caliberbore oftheM45isconfidencebuilding. 64 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2015 Colt Marine Upfront: Are-born legend,theColt M45.Behindit, John’sColtLightweight Governmentnestledin anElPasosaddlery 1942“Tanker”holster.