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The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. It was first used in later stages of the Philippine-American War, and was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The pistol's formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam era.

In total, the U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U.S. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Designed by John Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The pistol was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols. It is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as USPSA, IDPA, International Practical Shooting Confederation, and Bullseye shooting. Compact variants are popular civilian concealed carry weapons, because of the design's relatively slim width and the power of the .45 ACP cartridge.

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    S&W E Series .45 1911 with Night Sights

    I am selling a beautiful S&W E Series 1911 chambered in .45 acp with night sights, 2 factory and 1 chip McCormic power mag 8 round magazines. Less than 200 rounds down the pipe. The only flaw are two spots on the slide that you can see in pic, very minor. If you don’t already know about the E...
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    Sig Sauer Railed 1911

    For sale
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    Sig 45 acp 1911

    Model : Sig Sauer 1911, 1911-45-TSS-CAB13. SN : 54B060994 High end duo-tone stainless and black 1911 with factory installed Crimson Trace burlwood laser wood grips and all the Sig factory upgrades.Comes with original Sig hard case, two magazines and Sig-lock. Call or text me at:503-949-4178...
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    1911 magazines smith Wesson magazines

    Selling 6 1911 magazines Manufacturers are 4 Mac gar magazines, kimber and Ruger Also selling 5 smith Wesson 2.0 compact magazines. Capacity is 15 rounds asking 120 new only been loaded never shot
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    Rock Island Railed 1911, .45 ACP

    Rock island Armory (NOT the old government Rock Island Arsenal) Tactical 2011 FS. Full dust cover with an integral accessory rail. Full length guide rod. I've owned this gun for about five years but not shot it much, about 500 rounds. The trigger is pretty decent for a pistol in this price...
  6. KrazyRedhead


    Harrisburg/ Eugene Selling an EGW 1911 magwell. It came off a full size model and has some signs of wear but nothing to effect function. Just wanted to verbalize it for the classic 1911 owner who only owns safe queens (you know who you are). haha Also selling a Black Label holster. Fits a...
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    Springfield Armory TRP 1911 stainless.

    I’ve got a very clean Springfield Armory TRP 1911. Stainless, 45 ACP, VZ grips, 2 mags. $1100 obo. Some trades considered. Shipping available please call or text 208-827-2406 for more pics or info.
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    Para 1911 Black-ops 45

    used Para 1911 Black Ops edition is in excellent condition with no takedown marks and features Novak style night sights that are still active, ambidextrous safety, 5 barrel, tactical rail, G10 grips, front cocking serrations, extended beavertail safety, skeletonized hammer and trigger. Comes...
  9. Felman

    Want to Buy: Para Ordnance 96698 (1911 - 45 ACP w/ Threaded Barrel)

    Message me if you have one of these. Willing to pay top price in cash.
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    CZ / Dan Wesson ECO 45 ACP Officer 1911

    Gorgeous officer sized 1911. Unfired and uncarried. Looking to clear out my collection of 1911s that I simply don't shoot. Comes with original box and two magazines. Message me below if you want more pictures. $1100 - Meet at a FFL in the Portland Metro area (Portland/Vancouver) - Buyer pays...
  11. rallyrcr

    1911 Magazines (Mint, 7 round, Quantity 2)

    Hi. Selling a pair of good condition 1911 magazines cheap. No feed issues, no damage to the body. They are 7 round standard mags with no more then 50-100 rounds through them. I'm standardizing all my magazines to 8 round competition magazines so I don't need these around anymore and haven't...
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    1911 Kimber Custom TLE II 10mm $900

    I’m selling my Kimber chambered in 10mm. I purchased it new for $1123.00 in June 2019. Comes with 1eight round Kimber and 2 nine round Wilson Combat magazines. Recoil spring was upgraded to 24lb Wilson Combat for hotter bear defense loads. Also have a 22lb for it and factory 18.5lb. 450 rounds...
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    WTS/WTT Sig Nickel 1911

    I have a like new , no more than 20rds through it Nickel 1911 sig sauer 45 ACP comes with factory night sites and magwell extra set of G10 grips 2 - 8rd Magazines https://www.sigsauer.com/store/1911-nickel-rail-full-size.html I am looking to sell it for 850.00 800.00 and buyer pays transfer...
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    Colt Model of 1911 Serial Number 3 on auction tomorrow

    The third Colt Model of 1911 made, serial number 3, will be auctioned tomorrow https://www.auction78.com/?az_feed_pos=%2F%2Fwww.auctionzip.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Fauctionview.cgi%3Flid%3D3305490%26feed%3D129%26group%3D0%26state%3D%26kwd%3D%26zip%3D%26category%3D0%26nojava%3D0 Colt M1911 No. 3 is the...
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    EAA Tangfolio Witness Elite Limited 10mm

    Colt 1911 Delta Elite O2020XE EAA Tangfolio Witness Elite Limited 10mm