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Gunfighter Moment – Daryl Holland

Colt Combat Unit Pistol


The Colt Combat Unit Pistol was designed by Ken Hackathorn and myself after the recent partnership between Colt and Alias Training & Security Services. I’m always honored to be mentioned in the same sentence with a living legend like Ken, so when I was asked to be a part of this with the Colt family it was an easy decision because I was also raised on the 1911 and the history of Colt dating back to 1836 speaks for itself. Colt has come out of Bankruptcy from the “Top Rope” with some changes in 2016 that aren’t just for the Military any more. This new Colt pistol is ready to go from the box to the holster without any modifications. It doesn’t just look great, it performs great. It has a dual recoil spring that will action the slide faster and softer, enabling the shooter to get their sites back on target faster after firing a round. It has 25 LPI (Lines per inch) checkering on the front and back strap/mainspring housing and the G10 grips don’t just look cool they also help maintain that perfect grip when you have sweaty hands.


The rail for a gun light is much needed by our commandos who keep us safe at night when most of the bad stuff happens and the Novak sites have a tritium dot on the front site post. The upswept beaver tail extended grip safety and light weight hammers are common within custom 1911’s. The attention to details by the Colt custom shop is amazing because they have made the best solid aluminum trigger I have ever felt.

Of course, I’m biased because of my new relationship with Colt, but just hold this gun in your hand and drop the hammer.


The suggested retail price for this pistol is $1,499.00.

With the Administration and shady Democrats taking shots at our 2nd Amendment, maybe you should get two.

”One for each of ya” -Doc Holiday


Daryl Holland


Daryl Holland is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over 20 years of active duty experience, 17 of those years in Special Operations. Five years with the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) and 12 years in the 1st SFOD-Delta serving as an Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, and OTC Instructor.

He has conducted several hundred combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Philippines, and the Mexican Border. He has conducted combat missions in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains as a Sniper and experienced Mountaineer to the streets of Baghdad as an Assault Team Leader.

He has a strong instructor background started as an OTC instructor and since retiring training law abiding civilians, Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and foreign U.S. allied Special Operations personnel from around the world.

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn, they offer some words of wisdom.

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14 Responses to “Gunfighter Moment – Daryl Holland

  1. John c. says:

    I wonder if it has a series’s 80 firing pin safety?

  2. John c. says:

    Yep, series 80…you can keep it.

  3. Joe says:

    Ambi safety? Built off an M45 or a rail gun?

  4. P.J. says:

    I’ve wanted a Rail Gun for a while. This just jumped up my list of purchases. I’d usually prefer the original recoil system but I’ve heard good things about the new dual spring setup they use. Cheap and easy to change anyway (same can be said for the Series 80 for those that don’t like it).

    Joe, as I understand it Colt quit making the old Rail Gun frame and all new Colt’s with rails use the 2nd Gen M45 frame.

  5. rotorhd says:

    Sorry Mr Holland.

    I can’t buy anything Colt until it is bought by somebody who cares about their history, products and customers.

  6. Paul McCain says:

    With all due respect, a Series 80, offering only eight rounds of .45ACP said to be for our “commandos” who operate at night….


    I have a hunch most of these “commandos” are using much higher capacity 9mm handguns which are much less expensive and much more effective.

  7. Erik says:

    I, for one, appreciate this pistol coming out. I was really on the fence about dropping some serious coin on that custom shop rail gun, but this one meets my wickets at half the price.

  8. bulldog76 says:

    *yawn* not even double stack gonna hate to say it but with little or no innovation from colt I doubt you’ll see colt turn 200

  9. Ryan says:

    I enjoy reading the “Gunfighter Moment” for shooting tips and self defense advice, not for advertisements for a gun that is already made by numerous other manufacturers, and made by a company that can’t control its finances.

  10. Mark says:

    Got a Colt Gunsite pistol some years back, replaced a few parts on it with ones I liked better, and like it a lot.

    This was before integral rails, but the Series 70 thing I like just so much better than those extra little parts.

  11. Riceball says:

    While not cheap at $1,500, it is at least $500 cheaper than a lot of the other boutique 1911s that have been coming out lately. I’m curious as to how this Colt compares to all of the other $1,000+ 1911s out there, esp. the ones coming out for $2,000 – $3,000.