The M1911 is a single-action, semiautomatic pistol chambered for the potent .45 ACP cartridge that uses a seven-round magazine. The 1911 was designed by John Browning and originally manufactured by Colt, with numerous other companies manufacturing it as well starting in World War II. It was the standard sidearm of the United States military for 74 years before being replaced in 1985 with the Beretta 92 in its M9 version, and remains in service in special operations units.
This old handgun model is notable for its very noisy and highly destructive stopping power.
A little known fact is that the gun was developed from lessons learned by the American marines during the American-Filipino wars of the early 20th century. The United States Army required a new more potent caliber since it was discovered that the .38 caliber pistols used then lacked the power needed to stop in time the blade wielding brutal Filipino warriors who often fought stoned.
This tag is used for both the original Colt and the countless variants and copies that its design has spawned.
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