Coming to the Range: Two New Pistols and a Carbine from Colt

The new Colt Competition Pistol, seen here in 9mm, is also available in .45 ACP, and is intended to be ready for a match right out of the box.

The announcements for new guns are coming fast and frequently in the weeks leading up to SHOT Show 2016, and that now includes three newcomers from Colt: the Colt Competition Pistol, the Colt Expanse M4 Carbine, and the Colt Lightweight Commander, according to a company press release.

“We’re incredibly excited about these new offerings,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP of Commercial Business a Colt in the release. “The Colt Competition Pistol is race-ready right out of the box, and the Expanse M4 is a great building block that’s easy to get into for both the first-time AR-15 platform owner and the more experienced collector alike.”

The Competition Pistol (pictured above) is available in .45 ACP or 9mm and comes with Colt’s Dual Spring Recoil System, designed for the company’s M45A1, in order to reduce recoil, increase accuracy, and cut target acquisition time for follow-up shots.

It also comes with Novak’s new adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, an ergonomic grip, undercut trigger guard, and upswept beavertail grip safety with a National Match barrel. Colt says they wanted to make a pistol that “you can buy on your way to the match.” MSRP is $899.

The new Colt Lightweight Commander is intended for the concealed carry market.

The new Lightweight Commander, also offered in .45 ACP or 9mm, is intended to be a concealed carry 1911 platform, as the Commander frame has always possessed a shorter profile and lower weight than a full-sized government 1911. And like the Competition Pistol, the Lightweight Commander comes with the Dual Spring Recoil System and custom G10 grip panels.

“We wanted to offer something special to the concealed carry enthusiast who wants that authentic Colt experience in a package that can add both confidence and comfort,” Spitale said in the release. It has an MSRP of $949.

The new Colt Expanse M4 Carbine is meant to be a starter platform for people new to MSRs.

Finally, the Expanse M4 is a base, bare-bones MSR with a classic M4 style front sight and a top receiver rail for optics. Chambered in 5.56mm, it’s a solid Colt carbine that can serve as an option if you have an underperforming MSR already loaded with accessories that you don’t mind moving—or as a starter gun to build up. It sells for $699 with an adjustable stock an A2 style pistol grip.