The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic pistol originally chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge.
The M1911, designed by John Browning, uses the short recoil principle. The pistol has been widely copied and influenced nearly all modern center fire pistols.It has been said that pistol technology peaked in 1911 and everything since has been derivative or inferior.
The 1911 has been produced in many different sizes and calibers and making it popular with civilian shooters for defensive use and in competitive shooting events.
The U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. It served in the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986.
It was first used in the Philippine–American War, and then in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in current operations.
In this video, Larry Vickers shoots a cut away 1911 so you can see Browning’s magic in action.
The 1911 has a special place in history.