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The Diffrnce-1911A1-1991A1

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by charliemopic, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. charliemopic

    charliemopic Member

    Oct 26, 2005
    It was 7 years ago when I started shooting activly, like once, twice, usually 3 times a month. Since then I've bought a half dozen lower end handguns and they've been good to me.

    My personal flagship and first (hand) gun is a made in China Norinco 1911A1 clone with an interesting history.
    Next best is a bone stock CZ 75 SPO1 decocker. I shoot the Nork better probably because of the trigger quality. I have some other handguns but nothing special.
    At this point I have shot enuff different types of handguns to know the 1911A1 Gov. or Long Slide is the best platform for me. I also load my own pistol and rifle ammo.
    As soon as I do enuff research on the different makers of high end 1911's to make an intelligent-informed choice I will take the plunge and buy one good one that will last the rest of my life and be passed down to my youngest son who is veteran of initial push to Bagdad and a full tour in Afghanistan. He was in an Intell Bdn and was a HUMINT interrogator.

    As part of my research maybe someone can tell us the difference between a 1911A1 and a 1991A1 and why a 1991 exists?
    And, recommend a high end 1911A1 5 or 6 inch.
    I like Ed Brown for quality, minor detail and method of manufacture. I like Fusion for quality and price, $500 less than an Ed Brown.
    Anyone own a Pistol Dynamics 1911?

    Thanks For Your Time
  2. Mello

    Mello Member

    Jan 4, 2009
    See dsk's post in this thread (count down to #13). It explains it all.


    In there he says:
    "1991 vs. 1911

    For those wondering what the difference is between these pistols, the fact is there really is none. Back in 1991 Colt decided to market an economy version of their basic Series 80 Government Model. The polished blue was changed to an all-matte parkerized (later blue) finish, checkered rubber grip panels were used, and the serial number sequence was made similar to US military M1911A1 pistols. The resulting pistol was cleverly named "M1991A1", after the year of introduction. Mechanically however they are the same as any other Colt Series 80, 1911-type pistol."
  3. Oro

    Oro Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    WA state
    Basically, "1991" was just a re-branding, marketing ploy "1991" vs. "1911". It is the same as a Series 80 internally. For a detailed but succinct talk about what is different about a 70 Series, 80 Series, etc., you can read here:


    As to a gun to buy, hang on to, and pass down, like you described: Right now my money is on a used, excellent condition Series 70 Colt, unmodified/molested. $500 to $750 if you shop hard.
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