Maybe – in the Gulf War, we had a Marine MP detachment bring in a group of Iraqi prisoners. A few had M16′s or shotguns, most just had .45′s. Out of earshot of the prisoners, they asked us if we had any .45 ammo.
They had not found any .45 ammo since arriving in Saudi Arabia and most of them were pointing empty pistols at the prisoners.
i had thought that the specs called for a 10 round mag. is this still the case or did something change? i think the H&K would have done well and been no more expensive than anything with Colt on the side.
More specifically, the requirement for the external hammer on the M1911 came from the cavalry, who wanted a rider to be able to cock it one-handed by rubbing the hammer against the saddle or his pants.