If you've ever wanted to know how a 1911 works, this spells things out.
Check out this animated infographic that shows all the inner working of a 1911 .45 handgun. It depicts the guts inside one of the most popular guns, which was used by the United States Armed Forces as the go-to standard-issue sidearm from 1911 until 1985.
While plenty of manufacturers have created their own take on the 1911 model, they all operate under the same principles, and the semi-automatic pistol has really never received the X-ray treatment quite like this.
Novice gun owners will especially appreciate the detailed look at how each component operates. It also puts things in easy-to-understand terms that a firearm owner who may not be fully educated in gun lingo will fully grasp. A lot of people out there own guns, but not all of them can honestly say they know and understand everything involved in how a handgun works.
The infographic is actually a series of five separate animated images. Click on each for a larger, zoomable version.