New Competition Pistols from Colt

Colt Competition 38 Super

Colt’s Manufacturing Company (Colt) announced several new additions to its Competition Pistol line of 1911-style handguns. One is a blued finish pistol chambered in .38 Super while three additional models are in stainless steel.

.38 Super

The blue Competition Pistol in .38 Super features many of the same features and specifications as the 9mm and .45 ACP versions already in the line. While perhaps a bit less popular today than in years past, the .38 Super has been a staple in handgun competitions for decades.

This model has the same recoil-reducing dual recoil spring that the 9mm and .45 ACP versions of the gun have. Additionally, the gun has:

  • undercut trigger guard for a higher hand hold for better control of muzzle flip
  • National Match barrel for improved accuracy
  • bright fiber optic front sight
  • Novak adjustable rear sight
  • upswept beavertail safety
  • G10 grip panels with blue finish
  • nine round magazine capacity
  • Series 80 firing pin safety

Stainless Steel

colt competition stainless

Meanwhile, Colt also introduced stainless steel versions of the entire Competition Pistol line. The new guns have the same features, capacities and dimensions as the original blued guns. This includes the dual recoil spring assembly, sights and undercut trigger guard.


Colt snuck in an unannounced price increase on the blued Competition Pistols at some point this year. At the start of the year, the guns were listed at $899. The new price is $949 for the 9mm and .45 ACP guns. Fans of the .38 Super will pay an additional premium, however, at $999 for the gun.

Pricing on the stainless steel pistols is a little more. For these, the company is asking $1,049 for the 9 and 45. The .38 Super in stainless is an additional $50.

Colt did not specifically state a shipping date on the new guns, so presumably they are either available now or will be shortly. If anyone sees any in the wild, please leave a note in the comments section below.

By Richard Johnson

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2 replies on “New Competition Pistols from Colt”

What’s the updates for the much talked about new Python and double action revolvers? All Colt says on Facebook is to “Stay Tuned”

That’s a good question. Colt has been partnering with others to produce some interesting guns from its past, but nothing on the DA revolvers. Of course, the company has struggled in recent years due to finances, so I’m hoping that they right the ship and get serious about some new Python type guns.

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