The Colt M1911, designed by John M. Browning, debuted over a century ago and has since become an icon in the world of handguns. It comes in 45 ACP, also known as .45 Auto, and .45 Automatic, but now they are even offered in other calibers like 9mm.
The military and law enforcement are moving away from the brick that this thing is. They have moved to double stack (9 mm, 40, etc.). I mean, you can get the 1911 in just about every caliber. I’m not trying to stir up anybody’s criticism, but a brick is a brick.
If you’ve ever trained for an extended period with a 1911, the 45 APC is not the most controllable caliber. You might be on target with that first round. Still, if you’re ever put under pressure or have some adrenaline pumping after that kick, the second, third, and fourth will definitely not be on target for the average Joe.
We can also touch on the average Joe with the muffin top, like me, who definitely cannot conceal this. I’m not even going to speak to you about being comfortable.
Let’s Go Over The Top 5 Advantages of The 1911
One of the key factors contributing to the enduring popularity of the 1911 is its legendary reliability. The 1911 has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance throughout its long history, even in the harshest conditions.
Timeless Design and Ergonomics
The design of the 1911 remains remarkably relevant even in the face of modern advancements in firearm technology. Its slim profile, natural grip angle, and intuitive controls continue to set a standard for handgun ergonomics.
The 1911’s design allows for chambering in various calibers, from the original .45 ACP to 9mm, .40 S&W, and even 10mm Auto. Some manufacturers, like Stealtharms, even make one that uses a Glock magazine.
Cultural and Historical Significance
The Colt 1911 has played a crucial role in numerous historical conflicts, from World War I to the present day. The handgun was issued to the US Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985. The Barreta M9 replaced it because NATO wanted a more widely used round, and the Barreta was a 9mm.
Despite its age, the 1911 continues to impress with its inherent accuracy. Its fixed barrel design and crisp trigger break allow for precise shot placement.
In a rapidly evolving world of firearms technology, the enduring relevance of the Classic 1911 is a testament to its timeless design, reliability, and cultural significance.
My Personal Opinion On The 1911
Everything I’ve said has been for this: I would never carry this gun for concealed carry, and it’s not going to be by my bedside at night. I’m definitely not going to use it for much of anything else.
We called it the grill gun at Christiansen Arms because it stays in the pelican case. When your friends and family come over, and you’re cooking out, and everybody’s having a great time, that’s what you pull out. You open up that pelican case and say, hey, look at this, and they’re all like the 1911, WOW.