Updated Colt Pistols: Coming to the Range

Colt has given it's classic Delta Elite some updates that make it more suited to its new dominant user, hunters.

Colt has announced some sweet updates to some of the best selling pistols in it's current lineup, just in times for summer.

First, the Colt Defender has gotten some upgrades to make it better suited for concealed carry. It’s now offered in two finishes: the stainless steel model is available only in .45 ACP and features the same brushed stainless steel slide, stainless Cerakoted aluminum receiver, and three-dot sight structure as the outgoing model, but now has custom Colt G10 grips and a carry cut on the front of the slide for ease of concealment.

The new black and blued model offers all the upgrades of the stainless model, as well as a blued carbon steel slide and black Cerakoted aluminum receiver, a Tritium front night sight and blacked out rear Novak low mount carry sight for ease of target acquisition, and the option either of 9mm or .45 ACP, according to a release from Colt. The stainless model is still $899 while the upgraded black and blued model has an MSRP of $949.

“Long before I came to Colt, I bought a Defender, which I love,” said Paul Spitale, VP at Colt. “I quickly realized that there were a few things about it that kept it from being perfect for concealed carry, so when I came to Colt early last year that was a project that was very important to me.”

Colt Defender
The new black and blued Colt Defender.

Next up is the Colt Delta Elite, the 1911 that was introduced in conjunction with the powerful 10mm cartridge. The gun was originally designed for tactical applications, as you may be able to guess from its name, but these days, the 10mm has found more of a home in the holsters of hunters.

“Nowadays, the Delta Elite is for the outdoorsman who’s hunting medium sized game and wants a powerful handgun for when things get up-close,” said Justin Baldini, Colt’s product director. “So we took the existing model and added modernized features that not only pay homage to its tactical heritage, but also make it an outstanding package for hunting or personal defense.”

The new features on the Delta include an upswept beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, composite grips with Delta medallions, and Novak white dot sights. The MSRP is unchanged at $1,099.

And last up are the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun and the stainless steel Rail Gun, both of which are now offered in 9mm.

“Colt offering a Rail Gun in 9mm is a perfect example of us listening to what our customers want,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP at Colt. “The accessory rail allows for secure mounting of a tactical light while also providing excellent balance for the shooter. Add to that the combination of 9mm and our Dual Spring Recoil System, and the recoil is greatly reduced, making for a very pleasurable shooting experience.”

The Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, pictured here, and the stainless Rail Gun are now offered in 9mm.