Pistole 660(a) (Nazi Germany)
John Browning (Colt)
1911 - present
United States - Colt
Argentina - FMAP DM
Norway - Kongsberg
United States - Springfield
Over 2 million
- UNIT COST
Rugged and reliable
Many custom versions available
Limited magazine size
Large and heavy
The M1911 is a pistol of US origin. It was developed in the early 1900's by John Browning and produced by Colt. The M1911 became a famous pistol that served with US forces in both World Wars. Despite its age it remains in use today. Over the years many derivatives have been developed.
The M1911 is a short recoil operated single action pistol. It is made out metal, except for the grip plates. The M1911 fires the .45 ACP round that was specifically designed for this pistol.
The M1911 fires the .45 ACP round from a 7 round single magazine. The M1911 fires semi-automatic only and has an effective range of 50 meters. Many versions and derivatives of the M1911 have been developed. Most retain the .45 caliber and 7 round magazine, but various high capacity models and variants in other calibers exist.
The first and foremost user of the M1911 is the United States. The M1911 served in both World Wars and many other conflicts. As a standard issue pistol it has been replaced by the Beretta 92F, but inewer models remain in use with various special forces units. The M1911 was adopted by many nations, mostly in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The M1911 was also popular for law enforcement use, although most have been replaced by medium caliber pistols.
The M1911 is an iconic firearm of which many civilian and tactical variants have been developed. The design of the original M1911 was modified to the M1911A1 standard, which features different grip plates, a shorter trigger and a recontoured grip safety and shorter hammer spur.
|Operation||Short recoil, locked breech|
|Rate of fire||Semi-automatic|
|Barrel length||127 mm|
|Rifling||6 grooves, 406 mm left hand twist|
|Muzzle velocity||253 m/s|
|Weight||1.13 kg with empty magazine|
|Sights||Iron sights, blade front and notch rear, 165 mm sight radius|