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Colt M1911

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    Pistole 660(a) (Nazi Germany)

  • DESIGNED
    1911 (M1911)
    1927 (M1911A1)

  • DESIGNER
    John Browning (Colt)

  • PRODUCTION
    1911 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    United States - Colt

    Licensed production:
    Argentina - FMAP DM
    Brazil
    Norway - Kongsberg
    United States - Springfield

  • QUANTITY
    Over 2 million

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very powerful
    Rugged and reliable
    Many custom versions available
    Limited magazine size
    Single action
    Large and heavy

Introduction

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.

Design

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.

Firepower

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.

Users

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 As a standard issue pistol it has been replaced by the Beretta 92F, but inewer models remain in use with various special forces units.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 The M1911 was also popular for law enforcement use, although most have been replaced by medium caliber pistols.

Variants

M1911

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.

TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine7 round
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length127 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 406 mm left hand twist
Muzzle velocity253 m/s
Stock-
Length219 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.13 kg with empty magazine
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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