Colt Government Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol

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Overview

One of the most famous weapons, the Colt Government Model 1911 pistol, chambered for the .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) cartridge.

Once again, designed by John Browning, the M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic pistol which served as the standard issue sidearm for the US armed forces from 1911 until 1985. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, Korean War, in the Vietnam War and it is still carried by some US forces.

During the selection process the Colt was in a test at the end of 1910 attended by its designer, John Browning. Six thousand rounds were fired from a single pistol over the course of two days. When the gun began to grow hot, it was simply immersed in water to cool it. The Colt gun passed with no reported malfunctions and was formally adopted by the Army on March 29, 1911.

Originally manufactured only by Colt, demand for the firearm in World War I saw the expansion of manufacture to the government-owned Springfield Armoury.

Designated the Automatic Pistol, Calibre .45, M1911, in 1924 it was modified to become the M1911A1 and in total the United States procured around 2,7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life.

Despite being replaced by the Beretta M9 in the early 1990s, due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modern variants are still seen in use by some units within the US Navy and US Marine Corps.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for US and allied forces of WWI up to the present day. Many variants in calibre and finish have kept the Mod 1911 still much used.

Foxtrot model shown here is a 1911A1 .45 ACP pistol, fitted with plastic grips and in a military phosphate finish.

Film Set notes

Another commonly seen pistol, a reliable and actor friendly weapon.