The Iconic Colt Delta Elite Offers 10mm to 1911 Fans

Chambered in the almighty 10mm the Colt Delta Elite is an iconic hand cannon on the wish list of every Colt collector and 10mm junky since 1987.

Though Colt has released various configurations of the Delta in the past, I snagged the latest version re-released in 2009. Featuring a stainless steel design with black textured grips and the famous Delta Medallions, the top of the slide opts for a brushed look to cut down on reflective glare.

How Does It Shoot?

Colt Delta

The 1911 is a proven design with a long history. (Photo: Ben Brown/


It shouldn’t be a surprise that all 10mm loads, provided by Federal Ammunition, had some stiff recoil. It comes with the 10mm territory. No stranger to the hunting demographic, the 10mm load can make for an exciting hunting round. Though handgun hunting varies by state, with some municipalities outlawing the sport, if your state allows it the Delta Elite is an option for harvesting pig or varmint with the Delta Elite.

The heavier weight and full-size grip work to lessen recoil for the duration of an eight-round magazine, but it’s not something you’ll want to plink with all-day nor is this a handgun you’d want to run alongside a two-day defensive class.

Colt Delta

The Colt Delta Elite comes with a 3.5-pound trigger. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Manipulating the Delta Elite while running a course of fire was a bit of an adjustment for me. I don’t shoot 1911s regularly and as such the manual safety and slide stop slowed me down. After a couple of mags, however, I felt pretty comfortable. Despite a learning curve, I did enjoy the classic 3.5-pound, 1911 style trigger and Novak style sights which afforded me accurate shots on target.


Colt Delta

(Photo: Ben Brown/

This bucket list item is perfect for any 1911 connoisseur. Starting around $1,200 for newer models older and rare models do see an increase in value and cost. The good news is, resale value of these Colts only increases in years to come, making it a great addition to a gun collection.

In an age of polymer and striker-fired handguns, this classic delivers performance with its proven design. The combination of 10mm with the 1911 aesthetic is a definite winner. No matter what your reasoning for picking up a Delta Elite, you won’t be disappointed.


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