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Model Delta Elite
Colt Pistol Delta Elite 10 mm Variant-4
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:8.5-in Height:5.5-in
Barrel:5-in Weight:39-oz
Variant 4 of 5
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (180 grain bullet)207000
  • Recoil Factor (180 grain bullet)8.26 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity9 rounds
  • ConcealabilityFair
  • Defense Factor78%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1989 - 1996
Caliber:10 mm
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:thumb safety, grip safety
Frame:stainless steel
Grip:wraparound rubber w/Delta medallions
Sights:fixed white 3-dot
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$1,099.00Used Est:$900.00
Last Update:8/26/2023
About the Gun

The Colt Delta Elite is a modified Colt M1911A1 chambered for the 10mm Auto. It is similar to the M1911 in design and operation. Colt was one of the original pioneers in adapting a combat pistol to the 10mm cartridge, and the first to successfully manufacture a 10mm caliber pistol in the United States. The newest edition of the Colt Delta Elite is true to the original design, with a forged stainless steel frame, slide, slide stop, and barrel.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: 10 mm
Alias: N/A
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:180 grains
MV:1150 ft/sec ME:529 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Initially made by Norma and chambered in the Bren Ten pistol in 1983 the 10 mm Auto was right off a formidable round. While the Bren Ten was not successful, the 10 mm cartridge was. In 1989 the FBI announced the 10 mm Auto as their officially favored sidearm. While the cartridge has proven itself over time, many felt that the cartridge was a little long for semi-auto pistols, making the pistol grip a little big for some comfort levels. When the shorter .40 S&W cartridge with very similar ballistics was introduced, it soon won popularity over the 10 mm round. The 10 mm Auto cartridge still has a strong following and manufacturers are still making pistols chambered for this round.

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