The contract with Colt is going downhill, mostly because of the junk 1911's Colt's producing for trial testing. Colt offered lifetime replacement of all pistols, but then failed to harden the steel where it needs it most.
Umm. What exactly are you talking about? The Colt M45 contract is going anywhere but downhill.
MARSOC tested the Colt submittals to failure (little cleaning/lubrication, firing full of dirt/sand/mud). That was the point of the test. And Colt still won. When the pistols reached the point of failure (cracks at the forward slide serrations and failure of the guide rod on some pistols), Colt revised the design to make an excellent and proven design (Colt XSE/Rail Gun) even better.