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Colt M1911



Overview


Colt M1911A1

Left side view of Colt M1911A1.
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Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Entered service
1911
Status
In service
Development
1911 for M1911
1927 for M1911A1
Developer
John Browning
Production
1911 - present
Producers
United States - Colt
Licensed production:
Argentina - FMAP DM
Brazil
Norway - Kongsberg
United States - Springfield
Number produced
Over 2 million
Designations
Pistol 660(a)
Nazi Germany

Description


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 As a standard issue pistol it has been replaced by the Beretta 92F, but inewer models remain in use with various special forces units.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 The M1911 was also popular for law enforcement use, although most have been replaced by medium caliber pistols.

Details


Colt M1911A1

Left side view of Colt M1911A1.
Source: www.adamsguns.com - © copyright lies with original owner

M1911 and M1911A1

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. The A features different grip plates, a shorter trigger, a recontoured grip safety and shorter hammer spur.

Facts M1911A1
General
Origin
United States
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
.45 ACP
Magazine
7 round detachable box
Barrel length
127 mm
Rifling
6 grooves, 406 mm left hand twist
Muzzle velocity
253 m/s
Operation
Action
Short recoil, locked breech
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
219 mm
Weight
1.13 kg with empty magazine
Sights
Type
Iron sights, blade front and notch rear
Sight radius
165 mm

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