The 1911 is still one of the most respected and sought after pistols to ever hit the market dating back to the early 1900’s.
Being at a standstill and losing confidence in the standard issue .38 revolver used in Philippines by the US, the Army began testing and searching for the next sidearm to take its place in the field. Luckily for the United States Army, a man by the name of John Moses Browning happened to be working for Colt and developing an autoloader of his own.
Upon hearing of the dilemma the hunt for a new pistol had caused, he began to modify his to that of a .45 caliber, by the government’s request.
After Browning was initially turned down along with other manufacturers attempting to rise to the occasion of producing the perfect weapon for the US, he began to diligently test these weapons in the crudest and most demanding conditions.
The weapon needed to have 100 rounds fired through it and then cool for five minutes, and upon firing 1,000 rounds it would be cleaned. Each gun fired 6,000 rounds by the end of the tests. It was upon this evaluation and standing proof that this was the weapon to be chosen to hold its stand as the new sidearm for the United States Army.
Given the name 1911 due to the date it was officially chosen, this weapon still continues to be mass produced by many of the world’s leading gun manufacturers.
Even though the standard M1911’s characteristics are still seen in the newer more advanced versions of this timeless weapon, there are features common on today’s models that some believe may or may not have made this particular weapon better or worse.
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Sig Sauer, a leader in today’s modern gun production, is producing many different calibers from the original specs of the 1911. These calibers ranging from .22 LR to .40 S&W, to the .9mm luger, and of course the legendary 1911 .45, a top seller.
Many companies are mass producing what they call “traditional” versions of the 1911, leaving them with the original cut and dry aspect of the first 1911’s produced by John Browning.
The latest production of this timeless pistol is referred to as the M1911A1, which went into production in 1991 and was unchanged until 2001 when the old roll mark on the slide was added. Though the fundamentals of this weapon have changed very little over the years, the M1911A1 does have some distinct differences in its appearance and operation compared to the original.
The M1911 is changing in different aspects as it is being mass produced by many of today’s modern gun companies to suit the pleasures of the consumer. However its mechanism and perfection in its recoil still remains relatively the same, leaving this weapon with a respect unlike most others.
This particular weapon has grown and adapted for over 100 years now and it’s getting better all the time.
The M1911 handgun still sits at the peak of production, popularity, and dependability.
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