Colt Delta Elite: More Information and Photos

Colt Delta Elite

Frustratingly, there were few Colt sales people at their SHOT Show exhibit.  So, I didn’t get one for long, and what information I got was not terribly helpful.

The re-introduction of the Colt Delta Elite is a special run only.  It is in the 2009 catalog, but only as a special run item.  Colt is not planning on them being a permanent addition to the line-up.  So, if you want one, don’t wait.  It sounds like “when they’re gone, they’re gone!”

Colt Delta Elite close-upThe Colt rep did not know when they were shipping or what the MSRP was going to be.  In fact, they weren’t even sure how many would be produced.

Mostly it seemed like Colt was pushing the black rifles, and the handguns were an afterthought.

Regardless, there was a Delta Elite on the display rack (I had to hunt for it.)  I do not have one of the originals, though I have had the chance to play with them in the past.  The floor model seemed to be the same as the original, which is to say, it is a 1911 platform firing a 10mm cartridge.  It is a well balanced gun, and the trigger on the example I held was great.

Colt Delta Elite front sight problemThe one problem that I spotted immediately was a cosmetic issue with the front sight.  The front sight had white paint smeared all over it.  It looked as if someone added the white paint to the front sight for the “dot” and then dragged their finger through the paint and onto the sight.

While the paint on the sight doesn’t alter how well the gun works, I have to wonder about Colt’s quality control.  Something that obvious should be caught before the gun leaves the assembly plant.  Surely someone should be checking these guns before they put them on the floor at the SHOT Show?

Hopefully, Colt will issue additional information about shipping dates, MSRP, etc. soon.

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Comments

  1. CD McKinney says:

    Don’t waste your money when Dan Wesson makes several 10mm 1911 models that are “miles” better than the Colt for the same price or less.

    • I HAVE THE DELTA ELITE AND THE DAN WESSON 10mm MATCH THEY SHOOT ALMOST THE SAME THE COLT COST ME 800 LESS THAN THE DAN WESSON. SAME PRICE OR LESS I DON’T THINK SO.

  2. I am so sick of people Colt bashing, talk about sour grapes. I am a retailer of firearms and Colt 1911s are few of the 1911s on the market that I can sell with confidence that they will function from the factory.

  3. Got a Delta Elite. Fit and Finish are simply flawless. 100% reliable so far, even with a .40 barrel from BarSto. Fired a one inch group with Double Tap 135 grain Nosler JHP at 1600 FPS. SWEET.

  4. Usually people that bash Colt are jealous because they are far better than the garbage they have!Colt is a superior firearms.Even before our Special Forces and Armed Force decide on a weapon is goes thru rigorous testing before it is issued to our brave men and women.And thats why still to this day they are used by them.Im not knocking anyone but the individuals that don’t like Colt are the ones with not much experience.

  5. WHEN I WANT A PISTOL NO MATTER WHAT THE USE I CHOOSE COLT . MY DAD CARRIED ONE IN WW2 AND I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAY’S, THEY ARE THE BEST. THEY LAST FOREVER SO I SAY COLT NUMBER 1 JUST LIKE ALABAMA # 1

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