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New Product: Colt Competition .38 Super

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A little less than one year ago today, Colt put on a media event at the legendary Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, where the manufacturer introduced a group of writers and editors to its new products for 2016. As someone who attended, I felt it was a pretty strong showing, particularly after some of the difficulties the company had faced in years prior. One of the most impressive firearms brought out was the Colt Competition pistol, a 1911 chambered in either 9mm or .45 ACP and built for speed.

The Colt Competition was one of the highlights of the event, especially given its sub-$1,000 price tag. It's obvious that the gun is just as popular with the shooting public because Colt is adding a new model to the line chambered in .38 Super.

The new Colt Competition .38 Super, like its predecessors, features Colt's excellent Dual Spring Recoil System. This system helps reduce felt recoil to keep shots on target, and it dramatically increases recoil spring service life, something hardcore competitors should appreciate.

Other features the Colt Competition .38 Super shares with earlier models include Novak's patent pending adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, a National Match barrel, an undercut trigger guard, and an upswept beavertail grip safety. All of these same great features are simply now available in a new .38 Super model.

“Competitors are very selective about the caliber they rely on to win matches,” said Mark Redl, Pro Shooter and Product Manager for Colt. “The .38 Super round has a lot of advantages in competition when considering power factor and capacity, and the 1911 platform offers many advantages as well. By offering our excellent Colt Competition Pistol™ in .38 Super, we allow match shooters who love that round to take advantage of our well thought out, race-ready platform. It’s a winning combination.”

The new Colt Competition .38 Super is available for $999. It ships with two, nine-round factory magazines.

For more information about the new Colt Competition .38 Super, be sure to check out the specifications below, or visit the Colt website.


Colt Competition Pistol
Type: Semi-auto, single action
Caliber: .38 Super
Barrel: 5 in., polished stainless steel, National Match
Overall Length: 8.5 in.
Overall Height: 5.5 in.
Overall Width: 1.25 in.
Weight: 36 oz.
Frame: Carbon steel
Slide: Carbon steel
Finish: Blued
Trigger: 4.5-6 lbs., three-hole aluminum
Grips: G10 checkered blue, with scallop
Capacity: 9+1 rounds
Price: $999
Manufacturer: Colt

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