|Manufacturer: Colt Manufacturing Company|
|Weapon Type: Pistol|
|Size: 8.25 in (210 mm)|
|Weight: 1,105 g (2.44 lb.)|
|Fire Modes: |
|Ammunition: .45 ACP|
|Feeding System: 7 Round Magazine|
|Rate of Fire: 20-30 rpm|
|Range: Approximately 164 ft (50 m)|
|Affiliation(s): United States|
The Colt M1911 is a single action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil operated handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It is considered by many gun collectors and veterans to be the greatest self-loading pistol ever made and the grandfather of the modern handgun. Despite its age, the M1911 is still used alongside modern pistols today. Designed by John Moses Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The M1911 was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistol. The M1911 served as the standard-issue side arm for the United States military from 1911 to 1985. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In 1924, Colt incorporated some small external changes: including a shorter trigger, cutouts in the frame behind the trigger, an arched mainspring housing, a longer grip safety spur (to prevent hammer bite), a wider front sight, a shorter spur on the hammer, and simplified grip checkering by eliminating the "Double Diamond" reliefs. Most of these changes were done to adapt the pistol to smaller hands, as many service draftees came from malnourished urban backgrounds (the flat mainspring housing and longer trigger work better with larger hands and are often seen in custom and semi-custom examples). No significant internal changes were made, and parts remained interchangeable between the two. The new version recieved a modified type classification, M1911A1. In the early 1990s, the M1911A1 was replaced by the Beretta M9 as the standard US military sidearm, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Today, many military and law enforcement organizations in the United States and other countries continue to use the M1911A1 including Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T. and L.A.P.D. S.I.S., the F.B.I. Hostage Rescue Team, F.B.I. regional S.W.A.T. teams, and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (Delta Force).
The M1911A1 is an iconic symbol for many Americans (it was named the "official firearm of Utah" in 2011) and is widely available in the United States. The pistol has also been sold or given to many other countries as military aid, and is also widely copied and used by many police and military organizations around the world. Thus, the M1911A1 would be a first choice for many considering its availability. However, the M1911A1 does require more maintenance than many more modern handguns, and considering it has many more parts, this can often be a painstaking task the first few times. Also, one of its biggest strengths - customizability with kits - is unlikely to be a comfort to someone unless they can do it themselves, and have the kit. In addition, due to its single-stack magazine, the M1911A1 has notably lower magazine capacity than many other handguns. Still, for accuracy, rapid fire, and consistent shooting it is a top notch choice - especially if you find one that "matches" your shooting style. The M1911A1 is quite thin, partly due to its single-stack magazine, and is therefore easier to conceal carry than many other handguns. Most M1911A1s are chambered for the powerful .45 ACP round. A few are chambered for the smaller .38 and 9×19mm parabellum, but those are normally custom "race guns", noted for their accuracy and high rate of fire. Race guns, however, usually have weak recoil springs and are prone to damage. A military M1911A1, or one with looser parts, will probably experience less failures than an M1911A1 with tighter tolerances, although they may be less accurate. Most pistols will become fairly reliable after going through a few hundred rounds.
- Over a 100 years of service, the M1911 remains a popular and praised pistol for killing zombies.
- Ammunition for it is plentiful as it uses a standard NATO .45 ACP ammunition.
- It's lightweight, giving the shooter greater maneuverability than a rifle and excellent in close quarters.
- Like all pistols it's magazine fed, but is also a short recoil pistol.
- Very meager magazine capacity (7 rounds)