Photo via Colt.

Photo via Colt.

The United States Marine Corps became the first U.S. military branch in three decades to order Colt 1911s with a July order for M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols.

The Model 1911 Colt has been called the "most respected handgun" and was carried, mostly by U.S. military officers, during both World Wars, in Korea and Vietnam.

The pistol is touted for its durability and design. It is tested to make sure it can be dropped in water, covered in mud, immersed in sand or ice, or left in a dust storm—and still be able to blast off a round when you pull the trigger, reports Military.com.

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