The Colt M1911 .45 pistol is one of the finest guns ever made. It was designed by John Moses Browning and production started in 1911. The design itself had been worked on since as far back as 1880 and would be improved in the years to come. It is recorded that Colt made up nearly 200 experimental pistols before producing the model finally accepted. The U.S. Armed Forces adopted the Colt after a contest with Savage and declared the following statement:
"Of the two pistols, the board was of the opinion that the Colt is superior, because it is more reliable, more enduring, more easily disassembled when there are broken parts to be replaced, and the more accurate."
That, in short, explains why the Browning-Colt .45 Automatic pistol was eventually adopted as an official U.S. Service arm and formally designated as the U.S. Pistol, Caliber .45, Model of 1911.
The Colt would be the standard side arm of the U.S. Armed Forces for over 70 years and would be in all the major conflicts including WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam and others. It’s the toughest handgun in the word and an absolute workhorse. The .45 ACP is a big bullet and when it hits things they go down. It’s very accurate and loved by every service man or civilian who has shot one.
Single action, semi automatic
Cal: .45 ACP
Weight (unloaded): 2lb 7 oz
When the Colt M1911 was taken out of service to be replaced by the lighter Beretta 9mm there was an outcry from service men and civilians alike. It’s no longer being manufactured but there are several gun makers who are now making the 1911 style. There are also hundreds of accessories designed specifically for the M1911. When my buddy was asked what he loved most about it he said:
“It’s a part of history. The toughest and most accurate handgun in the world. Loved by all and now one of the top collectors items”