Karl Lippard - Military Weapons Division

Pistol Automatic, Cal .45 CQBP

The Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP) was designed to meet and exceed the attributes and specification set forth by the United States Marine Corps in Solicitation # M6785410R1006.

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The weapon is essentially a dressing down of a Combat NCO™ to meet the attributes the USMC specifically requested for the CQBP. The primary external difference between a Combat NCO™ and the CQBP is the absence of the Nose Piece component.

The Lippard CQBP has its Frame, Slide and components forged with S7 Tool Steel giving the handgun a 150,000-rounds service life and full interchangeability of all parts and components for true "Drop In" service. S7 tool steel is hardened to 46 RC. In doing so it doesn't change tolerance. It reduces wear on parts and the familiar splaying out of the Slide on the Frame from the firing rotations and movements of the past. The interchangeability it provides in tolerance, allows for future upgrades of A3 and A4 coming in the future AND allows older inventory guns to be Upgraded to CQBP specifications.

Greater accuracy with Patented Sights. The CQBP is designed and built for shooting targets at 25 ranges; and if called to do so, up to 400 yards without sight adjustments. It can deliver cover fire on targets at 650 yards with instruction. This means that the battlefield and defensive range of a Marine pistol has been extended. An enemy in pursuit of its objectives must now consider the pistol in combat strategy and engagement. Defense and Offense with a pistol has now been extended.

New Generation patented Barrel Bushing that prevents fouling. In order to have accuracy in a semi-automatic pistol tight tolerance at the Bushing where the barrel is arrested is mandatory. However the barrel must be changed to allow for tight tolerance to avoid binding. This is performed by using a barrel with collar or flare near the muzzle. And to keep this high friction area functioning and to reduce wear, new recesses inside the bushing allow for lubricant to be stored. During cycling of the barrel, the new patented bushing scrubs the barrel as well as lubricates twice every cycle. In extreme heat the lubricant flows to add more and in extreme cold allow it to function. (See lubricant)

New Generation Barrel that allows for bushing wear: The new Barrel has a collar near the muzzle. When the weapon is fired and the barrel begins to unlock it starts to tilt up in the bushing which could cause binding. However instead the barrel diameter is now reduced behind the collar which provides clearance. Returning to battery this is reversed and the barrel returns to absolute battery for accuracy.

New Generation Replacement Barrels cost 80% less than other current barrels available on the market: Not required in this RFP specification is a new NCO barrel. When used or replaced on the CQBP it allows for a cost reduction in .45acp barrels AND allows for the use of the new ammunition slated for the A3 model. The new barrel is identified by S7 engraved on the barrel chamber port. It has a tensile strength of more than 318,000 psi.

Lippard patented Barrel Link that reduces wear, and increases accuracy by 90%: The weakest point in accuracy and pistol wear is at the linkage between barrel, link and frame. The Military Link was designed to bring Military pistols back online - specifically those which were heretofore considered unserviceable. This patented (2) Link joins the barrel to the Link, and in turn joins the Link to the Frame. This ridged connection allows in combination with the barrel bushing, maximum accuracy that no 1911A1 can achieve. These two modifications, as proven in tests, increase accuracy by 42%. This allows for distant shooting accurately to the limits of skill. But, because of this Military Link the Slide life is extended due to the continued positive in line locking of barrel to Slide. It is because of poor linkage design that all 1911A1 models and clones fail to remain accurate and in fact are unserviceable after 5,000 rounds. This Link corrects this problem and extends the pistols economic life, saving USMC on replacement pistol and parts cost.

Lippard patented Nose Piece accessory that stabilizes the pistol for accurate shooting day and night, and prevents loss of night vision from muzzle flash in dark operations: A 1911A1 pistol is not balanced to the caliber. By moving weight forward reduces felt recoil and increases marksmanship. Available as an accessory to the CQBP offensive units and Special Ops can be more effective in engagements by simply replacing the bushing with the NCO NosePiece. With the sloped design it allows for long distance shooting to maximum range of the CQBP. Recesses found inside the integral bushing hold MIL-A-907E anti-seize which removes fouling cleaning the barrel twice during each cycle.

Lippard patented Front Sight that allows for close and long distance shooting without physical adjustment: The sight was designed for a "Touch System" of shooting. Targets to 35 yards are "touched" with the front sight to shoot. It has a specific height and width for this purpose. When further range is necessary the front sight has 2 cut grooves across the sight that allows for rapid adjustment to engage to 260 yards on the CQBP and the third location at the base for 375 yards respectfully. The front sight has serrations that deflect light away form the eye while providing a surface for colored chalk to illuminate according to changing light conditions. This system has only been used in combat since 1987 and available to the public beginning in 2008.

Lippard patented Rear Sight that allows for accurate shooting while deflecting light reflections from the shooters eye at any angle: The rear aperture is a specific size to improve shooter accuracy. In conjunction with the Front NCO sight the height provides for the engagement of targets to 400 yards and cover fire to 600 yards if either are required. The sharp edges are for close quarter combat when the weapon is unloaded or silence is required in target termination. It is a lethal component designed for the NCO and CQBP.

Lippard patented Slide Stop that reduces wear and provides function in all weather conditions: Close tolerance means close contact. And where close contact of parts on the CQBP occurs, lubrication recesses to prevent friction to function exist. The Slide Stop has three lube recesses for MIL-A-907E. When filled the pistol will remain functional under all conditions while providing the tolerance necessary to achieve maximum accuracy. The Slide Stop is extended and widened to allow for cold weather functionality.

Lippard patented Hammer that provides anti-fowling in all conditions, including in water, mud, sludge and sand: a weakness to the CQBP is the cocked and locked position being open to the elements. The Lippard patent provides for reduced contact in areas of malfunction from sand, mud and debris. When MIL-A-907E is used in the lube recesses any mud or containments that invade the hammer area will be stopped or contained. The lubricant was designed for this purpose by the Offeror and is in continuous use on military and civilian arms since 1967. The hammer ledge remains to original specifications as is the NCO Sear that can provide a safe pistol from 2.5 to 6 pounds of trigger pull weight.

Lippard patented Sear that provides greater overall safety, and allows great reductions in weight of trigger pull, if so desired, without compromise of safety: The CQBP has a S7 solid billet sear. It will last the life of the pistol without wear normally associated with current sears. The New S7 NCO patented sear in final testing allows for increased safety of the sear and hammer engagement. Here the engagement is increased but the trigger pull weight can be predetermined upon installation. When NCO sear springs and sears are used no trigger pull weight is necessary on a CQBP if a sear is replaced or retrofitted to existing models.

Lippard patented Ambidextrous-Safety with positive connection, functioning smoothly in any environment, with gloves or in use of NBC gear: The CQBP has a new Ambi-Safety that is positive to either side of operation. It is designed to retrofit existing 1911's and to be removed for service with the standard cleaning kit tools. No existing Ambi-safety is satisfactory for military use.

Lippard Ambi magazine release for more positive loading in extreme temperature: The 1911A1 pistol magazine release was designed for the right side. The first issued pistols the release was found on the left out of reach and difficult in the cold. The Ambi-magazine release will allow for a conventional release to be used in the current location or the Ambi-release for easy ejection of a magazine from either hand in any kind of weather with or without gloves.

Grip Safety is flared for hammer bite prevention but has no bump on the lower grip common to commercial safeties of today. This is because it makes the pistol unsafe when removed from a pistol holster and safe handling of the pistol off of safe where it is normally used in a combat situation. The "bump" negates the safety function. It allows for premature release of the Grip Safety function, thereby violating its purpose. The use of such a Grip Safety modification must come with disclaimer of liability. It is dangerous. The second aspect of the Grip Safety is from the invasion of blood, mud, and debris between and below the lower part of the Grip. There is a ledge internally where the Grip Safety comes to rest. Mud, Blood or material can be caught, dried and has become an obstruction noted in combat at Belleau Wood. The CQBP has a Belleau Wood modification that prevents the safety from being released allowing the weapon fire. Patent Pending. A retro-fit can be done to existing 1911A1 pistols in inventory.

Lubrication for extreme duty is part of the CQBP design: An accurate firearm requires close tolerance. In order to do that and remain functional lubrication recesses are placed at strategic places throughout the CQBP. On the Slide and Frame there are 6. During function lubrication is re-deposited over the entire surface area of the Slide and Frame; prevents contaminant invasion into the Hammer area and cleans and reduces long term wear of the barrel in the Barrel Bushing. MIL-A-907E when used remains in these areas until cleaned. It also collects deposits of debris and holds them in these recess areas. Using MIL-A-907E assure function under all conditions.

A lifetime warranty on Lippard Combat NCO model pistols and parts is a statement of quality. They are warranted against everything including abuse. The CQBP Lippard can offer a 150,000 round warranty. 10 times longer than any other pistol. This extended economic life of the pistol equates to cost savings of replacement of 8 to 1 on the Lippard CQBP.

The Lippard CQBP specifications has a slide that locks to the rear after the last round fired, has a single trigger of 5 pounds and magazine capacity of 7 rounds. It has a requested Mil-STD-1913 accessory rail and an ambidextrous safety for all weather use. A non reflective surface has been added and a beveled magazine well is standard with a mainspring housing lanyard loop attached. It further meets the weight requirements specified with a length of less than 9 inches, and all parts are interchangeable. The S7 material is low in carbon but not stainless and is resistant to corrosion while compatible with all military lubricants and cleaners.