Sunday, July 24, 2016

Experimental Colt .45 ACP "Offensive Pistol"

Developed in the early 1990s, the Colt OHWS (also known as Colt SOCOM) was a semi-automatic pistol created by Colt to compete for the United States Special Operations Command Offensive Handgun Weapon System (OHWS) tender. The winner of this competition would become the standard-issue handgun for most US special forces groups.

 Pictured is a tool room prototype based on the M1911 frame in .45 ACP caliber, a single-stack 10-round magazine double-action "offensive pistol", stainless steel construction. Designed to carry a removable sound suppressor and a laser aiming module (LAM).
The pistol measures approx. 11-1/2” overall with thumb-release muzzle break attached. The pistol is equipped with many special features for shooting with wet hands, rotating barrel with short recoil system, automatic slide stop. Weight is approx. 56 oz. 
It is believed to be the only example in private hands.

The OHWS contract was awarded to Heckler & Koch and Colt scrapped the project.