The Colt OHWS (also known as Colt SOCOM) was a semi-automatic pistol created by Colt to compete for the United States Special Operations Command Offensive Handgun Weapons System tender. The winner of this competition would become the standard-issue handgun for most US special forces groups. The OHWS contract was awarded to Heckler & Koch for their MK23 Mod 0 pistol, and Colt scrapped the project.
The Colt OHWS was based on the M1911 frame and carried a single-stack, 10-round magazine. The handgun was designed to carry a removable sound suppressor and a laser aiming module (LAM).
The handgun was chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge.