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What is a 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by desert gator, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. desert gator

    desert gator Member

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    I am new to guns and have heard allot about 1911's What is a 1911, and what makes it so great?
     
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    You can listen to many opions about the 1911 and most of them will be good. But the only way you will truly know is to hold one, fire one, then you will want one.
     
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    This is a 1911^

    One reason they are great is they've been made for almost a 100years with very little to no design change on most models.

    Another reason you can get parts from 100's if not 1000's of suppliers including WWW.2RCo.COM. You also have an almost infinite number of grip choices.

    They are nearly intuitive to shoot so most people are fairly accurate with them after a few shots.

    They are easy to customize and work on.
     
  5. desert gator

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    Ok so its a style and not a brand. .45calliber, single action, short recoil looks to be a few of the qualities
     
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    THIS is a 1911 :cool:

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  7. Moccw

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    This is a 1911
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    This is WWI reworked for WWII Colt 1911. With 2RCo OD green grips.

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    Gotta represent Springfield Armory here:

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    (Note: just a surplus uniform used for photo purposes)
     
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    This is a model 1927
    (Argentine for 1911) With some nifty Ivory* 2RCo Grips

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  11. ArmedBear

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    A 1911 was a .45 ACP pistol designed by John Browning and adopted in its final form by the US Military in the early 20th Century. It was followed by the 1911A1.

    However, now, the term refers to any pistol that still uses the same basic design and frame. They can be Colts, or from any number of other manufacturers around the world. Some are built by hand, by custom gunsmiths, amateur and professional.

    "1911" does refer to a whole class of semiauto pistols.:)
     
  12. PT1911

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    it is the style of the 1911 that makes it such a great gun. It is a very accurate and safe pistol when used correctly and there is a huge variety of custom options available for later additions to any1911 you purchase... TAURUS makes a great one!!!!:neener:
     
  13. desert gator

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    Armed bear thats a great answer. Those are beautiful guns! That one you posted Moccw just might be the most attractive gun I have ever seen! This is exciting, it a whole new world that I did not know existed.
     
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    That's only because he hasn't used it yet. :scrutiny:

    We need to see some holster wear! :neener:
     
  15. Tinpig

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    This is a 92 year-old 1911 frame that was rebuilt during WWII. I shoot it all the time, and it still shoots great.
    In the Army we just called it a 45. :)

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    Tinpig
     
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    It is both a workhorse and a work of art. It has seen conflict throughout the world, has endured for the better part of a century, and will undoubtedly continue to do so. It is American in origin, although its capability has been recognized by other countries throughout history as well. It was designed by John Moses Browning, and despite the endearing moniker of "Old Ugly", it has been noted by many as being as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. It is the carry choice and preferred sidearm for innumerable armed civilians, as well as professionals.

    If there were one quintessential American sidearm, the 1911 would be it.

    Jason
     
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    THIS is a 1911. :)

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    I trust it with my life and the lives of my loved ones.
     
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    As for the 'what makes it so great' question, the fact that the slide is typically less than an inch thick makes it relatively easy to carry for a large gun. Also, since the trigger pull is short, linear and light, it's easier to shoot accurately than most other designs. The typical 38-40oz weight dampens recoil and makes a 1911 a fairly soft shooting .45, too.
     
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    This is a 1911..........
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    1939 production all original and numbers matching.
     
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    Conqueror, nice Solid Snake-esqe build! Very slick.

    Here's mine..
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    Heres mine.
     
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    I love the multiple safety options - having a backstrap safety is great for concealed carry, and having the manual safety (designed intuitively, with up being safe) is a great option for around the house.
    I like having an external hammer, just for stylistic reasons.
    The gun delivers a large round with minimal recoil.
    Most importantly, it just fits my hand like a glove.
    Having said all this, I don't own any yet :-(
     
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    Nice weapons guys.
     
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    New is always nice but seeing the patina that comes from almost 100 years of obviously reasonabley careful use is a thing of beauty. Well done and well cared for Tinpig.


    Desert gator, as you've seen by now and likely read about the 1911 refers to the date of adoption of the design. There's another subclass you may want to look at as well. That's the 2011. A label given to the modified version of the classic 1911 design to fatten up the frame to accept higher capacity magazines that use the staggered loading pattern that is more typical of today's semi auto pistols. But the old single stack 1911 is still the classic that still works today and for many years to come.

    I got my own 1911 back around Christmas and it's a natural to hold and point and shoot. The trigger on mine is "carry safe" which means it's a helluva pull for my range work but with the support market and information on the basic 1911 modifications are a snap.
     
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    Why do I have "I'm Spartacus!" running through my head right now:rolleyes:

    Anyway someone wanted to know what a 1911 was and someone else requested holster wear, so here's a little of both.
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