Friday, December 28, 2012

MEU(SOC) pistol

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MEU(SOC) pistol
MEU(SOC) pistol

MEU(SOC) pistol is a magazine-fed, recoil-operated, single-action, semiautomatic pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge, officially designated the M-45 MEUSOC. It is based on the original M1911 design by John Browning, and has been the standard-issue side arm for the Force Recon Element of the United States Marine Corps' Marine Expeditionary Units since 1985.

MEU(SOC) pistol
MEU(SOC) pistol

This weapon is a modified M1911A1 .45 caliber pistol sometimes referred to as "near match" or "combat accuratized.". MEU(SOC) Pistol is the designated "backup weapon" of Marines armed with the 9mm MP5-N Close Quarters Battle weapon. The M1911A1 was chosen for this role (and its modifications generated) because of its inherent reliability and lethality, and because the MEU(SOC) modifications make the M1911A1 design more "user friendly."
MEU(SOC) pistol
MEU(SOC) pistol

Due to wear and tear of the MEU(SOC) pistols and increasing numbers of Marine personnel in Marine Force Recon and MARSOC, the U.S. Marines are looking commercially for replacements. Marine Corps Systems Command announced February 17, 2005, that it was going to purchase 150 Springfield Armory Professional Model pistols for use as MEU(SOC) pistols. This is the same pistol used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation SWAT and Hostage Rescue Teams; however, it had previously been rejected for adoption as the ICQB. Despite the planned purchase of the commercial pistols, Marine Corps Systems Command has continued to solicit parts to build additional MEU(SOC) pistols.

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Overview of MEU(SOC) pistol:
  • Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Place of origin: United States
  • Used by: United States Marine Corps
  • Designer: Trained Weapons Training Battalion armorers at the Rifle Team Equipment Shop/USMC Precision Weapons Shop
  • Designed: 1986
Specifications of MEU(SOC) pistol
  • Weight: 2.437 lb (1,105 g) empty, w/ magazine (FM 23–35, 1940)
  • Length: 8.25 in (210 mm)
  • Barrel length: 5.03 in (127 mm)
  • Cartridge: .45 ACP
  • Action: Recoil-operated, closed bolt
  • Rate of fire: Semi-automatic
  • Muzzle velocity: 830 ft/s (244 m/s)
  • Effective range: 70 meters (maximum effective range)
  • Feed system: 7 rounds (standard-capacity magazine)
MEU(SOC) pistol
MEU(SOC) pistol


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