For those looking for the review on the Colt Delta Gen II you can find it by following this link. The Gen II has replaced this Delta Elite in the Colt line up.
There are things that are awesome, just by themselves… such as chocolate, peanut butter, the 10mm Auto, and a Colt Government Model. Do you see where I am going with this?
The Colt Government is a fine pistol in any caliber but coupled with the 10mm Auto something magical happens. Since I have a little bit of experience with the 10mm Auto, as well as a few older Delta Elites, I wanted to see what the new Colt Deltas were all about.
For a little history on the 10mm Auto click here.
I received a new test Colt Delta Elite shortly after the 2014 SHOT show with the intention of running it hard and keeping an eye on how it shakes out.
I took a close look at the Colt a few days before I took it to the rangehot.com proving grounds.
The thumb safety, engaged with a hint of resistance and audible click.
The trigger broke clean at 5 pounds with a touch of take up and no over travel.
The slide fit to the receiver was tight with no deflection. The rear sight picked up easily with the 2 dots.
The front sight also easily picked up with the dot, though I would like this to be a tritium sight, which is easily added.
The magazine well with the flush fit 8 round magazine
The grip safety, a traditional style, was well fit and disengaged with correct purchase
The Delta Elite wrap around stocks with the Greek symbol of 4, denoting the caliber of the 10mm Auto as .40
The magazine released is checkered for a positive, keep your thumb on the button, feel.
The wrap around stocks afforded a checkered rubber grip on the front strap.
The muzzle of the Colt Delta Elite. The barrel bushing was well fit and I am glad to see Colt left the full length guide rod out.
The ejection port was lowered and the “Government Model” rollmark.
A shot of the rear of the pistol,
One of the 2 factory supplied magazines.
The magazine well was slightly beveled for aiding in reloading.
The mainspring housing was serrated to keep your sweaty hands on the gun during recoil.
The Commander style hammer (modeled after the rowel style) is serrated in case you need to thumb it. The extractor was well fit to the rear of the slide.
The feed ramp and barrel, ensured feeding of the round. I know, it is a bit dirty.
Yes, the Colt Delta Elite is a Series 80 and you can see the firing pin plunger here.
Here you can see the Colt Delta Elite barrel (right) as compared to a Gen 3 Glock 20. Case head support on the Colt is very similar to the updated Glock and tighter than previous Delta Elites.
The reloads were a mild 200gr Hornady bullet with 6.0gr of Unique and a maximum 8.6gr of IMR 800X under my home cast 175gr lead truncated cone. The last load was worked up to the propellent charge, as always start at the beginning and work up.
The initial range trip was primarily for testing my reloads for function and pressure signs. After several magazines of each reload and some factory rounds for good measure I was satisfied with my reloads and had begun to get an idea on the new Delta. I took a closer look at everything when I got home and the powerful Colt was good to go.
I rounded up some factory rounds, Hornady 200gr JHP, Georgia Arms loaded Speer Gold Dots, Remington 180gr FMJ, Federal American Eagle, and two reloads and headed out for the second range trip. I brought along a few friends to help. After burning through most of the ammunition, I stepped off to the twenty-five yard line to shoot a few groups from a rest to see how accurate the Colt was. All in all we went through about 300 rounds without cleaning the Colt or having any issues. I let several of my friends shoot the Delta Elite and everybody liked it and I even had a few offers to buy it. I had to tell them it was not even my gun (yet) but I left the “yet” part out.
Reload 1 is 200gr Hornady bullet with 6.0gr of Unique
Reload 2 is 8.6gr of IMR 800X under my home cast 175gr lead truncated cone, Lyman mold 401638. Brinnell hardness is 19. You can find the review of that mold here.
The Colt Delta Elite field strips as any other Series 80 Colt Government Model. Everything looked good to go at the end of the review.
The Colt Delta Elite is a fine pistol, gave me no troubles with function or breakage, and was damn accurate. There has been a bit of a fad lately with some gun writers to run down the “1911”. See my complete thoughts on that here. Keep in mind when the Government Model was designed the Wright Brothers were still building bicycles in Ohio. From manned missions to the moon in the late 60s to the state of the art jets we have today, the Government Model has changed very little comparatively since it’s adoption. With the Colt 1911 now available in so many calibers (the 10mm Auto being one of my favorite) there is little reason not to at least try one for yourself before you take the word of someone like myself. This new Delta Elite would serve well for many purposes from home defense, to concealed carry, to a trail/hiking gun. Factory ammunition can be a bit expensive and some loads are not much more than hot .40 S&W. There are ammunition manufactures, such as Hornady and Georgia Arms, that offer 10mm Auto ammunition that is loaded correctly. In my opinion the 10mm Auto also comes alive at the reloading bench, just like the Super .38.
Update, after another couple of hundred rounds and some intense reloading experiments the Colt Delta Elite is holding up nicely.
Model number 2020
Caliber 10mm Auto
receiver/slide stainless steel
over all length 8 1/2″
weight 35 ounces
trigger pull 5 pounds
twist 1 turn in 16 inches