Update 02/08/12 : I got incomplete information and made incorrect assumptions. Detonics is sponsoring MOTO Three-gun, a team comprised of instructors from a Marine Corps detachment Fort Leonard Wood, that is also sponsored by Black Rain Ordnance, AP Customs, Horus Vision, and Samson Mfg. I apologize for not getting the story right the first time. Corrections have been made below.
I’ve been sitting on this one, but since it has leaked out to Glocktalk and the 1911 forums I don’t feel bad about spilling what little I know.
The Marines MOTO–a three-gun team made up of Marines stationed at Fort Leonard Wood— got their hands on the full-size 5″ MTX-H and obviously liked what they saw. Detonics will sponsor the team with a number of the pistols – probably five – engraving the USMC logo on the top of the slide.
Having been one of the first to have fired the MTX-H, I completely understand why the Marines would be impressed. The recoil of the 3.5 version goes straight down the forearm with very little muzzle flip; the 5″ no doubt experiences even less, meaning pro-grade shooters can get back on target faster. It is also one of the more accurate .45s you can get, and I imagine the Corps fields shooters far more capable of wringing the most out of the gun’s accuracy than the average (in in my case, barely average) recreational shooter.
From a public relations standpoint, getting
the an endorsement from any Marine Corps Shooting Team endorsement is a big “get,” especially for a new factory pistol, and I’ll try to get a statement and more information from the company as soon as I can.
Note: this is not the official Marine Corps Shooting Team, which uses only official service weapons.