One of the few pistols chambered in the 10mm cartridge, the Colt Delta Elite is one of the most powerful 1911 pistols in the world.
First introduced in 1987, Colt's new pistol featured an overhauled and strengthened frame based on the classic M1911A1 that was built to withstand the increased physical that the 10mm is known for. A new double recoil spring was added to address the increased blowback as well.
The Delta Elite was the first pistol after the original Bren Ten to be mass produced in 10mm. The failure of the 10mm to successfully earn any large-production government contracts, and the apathy that the shooting public showed to the cartridge after the Bren Ten's many shortcomings soon caused the Delta Elite sales to slide as well. After a few short years of production, Colt chose to cut the Delta Elite from the comapny's lineup. For a long time afterwards, only the Glock G20 and G29 remained in large-scale production.
In the years following September 11th, a renewed interest in guns swept through the American public. The 10mm soon began to rise from obscurity and Colt announced at the 2008 SHOT show that they would be re-introducing the pistol to meet the growing demand for 10mm guns and the particular demand for a 1911 pistol chambered for the round.
While earlier editions of the Delta Elite were offered in both a blued and stainless steel finish, only the stainless option remains for new guns offered by Colt. Style elements the are uniqe to the Delta Elite include a triangle icon integrated into wrap-around rubber grips as well as roll stamped into the slide.
The Delta Elite has chosen to go with its own upgraded 80 Series firing pin safety in lieu of the original standard safety system common to most other 1911 pistols.
Magazine capacity is 8 rounds. The gun has an aluminum trigger, white dot sight, arched main spring housing, and standard grip safety. It is not equipped from the factory with an ambidextrous safety or magazine release.
Reviews of the Colt Delta Elite 1911 pistol can be found below. Not a lot of people have had the chance to own one of these, so if you do, please write a review of your own so others can know what they are getting before they buy one.
I just bought my first Colt Delta Elite a month ago(1-21-15) and is the first 10mm I've owned. I have several other 1911's. gold cup trophy and commander in .38 super.+ Springfield's,etc. The Delta Elite is in a class by itself. As a former Old Naval Aviator F-4J driver who had to pack a S&W.38 Spl.Mod.15 revolver or nothing I'd had given my left you know what for something like the Colt 10mm Delta Elite. Power,precise,beautifully balanced. The Colt Delta Elite is a 1911 to have,keep and collect. Read More
I had a G20 years ago that I parted company with for some reason and lived to regret . I've also tried several other makes and models for CCW daily carry . A Charles Daly stainless Combat Commander sized .45 ( Phillipine JUNK !! ) A Taurus Tracker stainless 4" , .44 mag that I still own and carry from time to time , an HK P7 ( my summertime / shorts / tank tops & sandals piece ) , " my wife's " Sig P225 ( nice pistol ) , an EAA Witness full size " wonder coat " .38 Super ( Italian JUNK , but really like the caliber ) , a PT 1911 blue .38 Super ( Brazillian junk but still love the caliber ) . Now , due to the sale of a motorbike , I once again own a 10 mm - A Colt Delta Elite , blue , with a serial # just under 10K ( circa 1987 ) and she is a thing of beauty . She's still rather plain , but she has the Colt pedigree ... and a Nowlin barrel , and an OTTOCOMP Compensator , and a full length recoil spring guide rod , and 24# Wolff springs , and a big 'ol beavertail grip safety with memory pad , and a Smith & Alexander bevelled mag well / flat mainsping housing , and a 3# stock trigger job w/ stock safety and slide stop .Almost forgot the Ivory grips .... She's all I want or need .I call her " Babydoll " ... Now , this pistol aint for everybody . E.G. - my wife shot it ...once . It barks ... it recoils , it belches fire and is very loud . I'm 50 years young , 6" , 235 #'s . I love it . I can make bowling pins dance at 50 yards with this beast ( stock fixed sights ) . I won't be able to carry it while on the beach in swimwear , but under a sport coat / light jacket or the right " inside the pants " pancake holster / back in the crack of my a** .... she is an awesome bad to the bone B*TCH that will " Pop'em and Drop 'em " on the first shot . 135 grain Nosler's @ 1500 fps on my chrono ....what more do you want ? Accuracy ? - see " bowling pins " comment above . Ghoastrider - OUT ! Read More
Have owned the Delta Elite for over 3 years and have thourouhly enjoyed the experience . fully confident in it's reliability,which is my very 1st requirement of a firearm, and also of it's ability to drop most anything in my path especially with Buffalo ammo at 1350 fps,180 grain. great gun sure to appreciate in value. thanks, BG Read More
I have a blued version so I would guess its one of the earlier models. as far as Durability I have put some stiff loads through her without a Problem. I handload and through the chronograph today I had 165 grain loads using Speer Gold dots, Starline Brass trimmed, Flash hole deburred and used Winchester Large Pistol Primers and 14.8 grains of AA#9 a little heavier than max in speer manuels but worked them up 2 grains at a time and got an Honesy 1388 fps through the Chrono with a 5" BBL DE. I love it so much now I'm looking for a Gold cup Elite in 10mm and get rid of my Para Ordenance. PXT 1911 SSP with a lot of tricks added and a VERY accurate Gun from the Match Barrel Down. If your wondering between a Glock Plastic fantastic, Fantastic because she lasted as long as they have. I'll give them some loads that will give then a 2 piece barrel and put the same round in my delta and want to keep shooting the same load. Sure you can shoot target ammo without a hitch in a Glock but a friend of mine had his back to glock for numerous problems and finally sold it and went with a Delta Elite and no Problems since. If I'm going to use the weapon for a trail gun than I want a gun that will Take down 2 legged preditors or 4 if nessesary and with the Delta and my Loads worked up slowly DON"T TRY !$>* OF #( UNLESS YOU START AT 13.5 AND WORK UP at .2 grain intervals watching pressure signs like Primers, Hard Extraction and make sure you put a new Wolf recoil Spring for safty with a Buffer for extra parts safty. But you'll never be sorry you went with a Colt as Colts Hold their value Glocks do not.I love my Delta and I'm sure the numbers will show Colts are the better gun. BUY AMERICAN thats why jobs are scarce because of forign imports. Lets Get the U.S.A. back on the map Read More
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