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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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  1. P

    1911A1 Colt Canadian marked, Very Rare

    1911A1 Colt that is Canadian marked and British proofed. Bought this for my first USGI 1911 to use as a shooter and found it is too rare to do that with. Looking to trade for a shooter 1911A1 and other WWII rifles or pistols. Some history for those not familiar with Canadian marked 1911s...
  2. L

    1911 parts, Colt and Para

    Internals from an unfired Colt 1911, internals from a Para ordanace P13, and a few extras. Looking to trade for AR parts, 7.62x39 ammo.... Need pistol brace, lower parts, optics, etc. I will ship at buyers expense. If your not into trading shoot me a reasonable offer.
  3. D

    Taurus pt1911

    I have a Taurus pt1911 with rail available to trade. Came to me in a trade and I don't know the round count. I added the nice rosewood grips. I much prefer a straight trade, but I have cash to add for the right deal. I'm looking for: Ruger Blackhawk .357 4 5/8" barrel Cimarron Frontier .357 4...
  4. L84Cabo

    10-8 Performance Lab, Episode 31: MIM In The 1911

    I see the topic of MIM parts come up on just about every forum I frequent. Here's a pretty good video by Hilton Yam discussing MIM as it relates to the 1911 specifically. :)
  5. ZoidMeister

    VZ 1911 Grips - Specialty G10 Flag Black - discontinued pattern!

    I have one pair of bobtail Specialty G10 Flag Black VZ grips for the 1911. They are standard size, standard thickness bobtail cut with an ambi safety recess. VZ doesn't offer this pattern any longer that I can determine from their website. I bought too many. My oversight is your gain. They...
  6. ZoidMeister

    VZ 1911 Grips - bobtail Bawidamann Ragnarok

    I have one pair of bobtail Bawidamann Ragnarok VZ grips for the 1911. They are standard size, standard thickness bobtail cut with an ambi safety recess. They can be yours for $45 shipped. Thanks for looking. Z
  7. ZoidMeister

    VZ 1911 Grips - blue/black - Colt Logo

    I have two pairs of Colt Logo blue/black VZ grips for the 1911. One pair is standard size magwell cut with an ambi safety recess (sized to fit all ambi's, even a Taurus). The other pair is standard sized beveled bottoms. $35 each shipped, or both for $60 shipped. Thanks for looking. Z
  8. g.brew

    Glock 26 gen 4 trade for glock 34 or 1911

    Carried occasionally and shot rarely. Less than 500 rounds through it. Some minor/honest holster marks at the muzzle. Bright, True glow night sights. Comes with two mags, a couple backstraps, bladetech holster and the original box. I shoot better with a G19, so letting it go for something new...
  9. JusticeBeaver

    Aliengear iwb and shoulder rig for 1911 and Glock 19/23

    These are modular, so you can swap the rigs back and forth. The spare mag holder on the shoulder rig is for single stack mags. IWB holster is really customizable for cant and depth into waistband. Shoulder rig has pretty stretchy bands for when you move. Selling as a package deal unless I...
  10. BillyJean

    Ed Brown Kobra gov size 2-tone ss frame carbon slide

    Need to make room in the gun fund. Ed Brown gov size Kobra. SS frame and carbon slide, 2012 build. Comes with one set of the three VZ grips pictured (Ironwood burl grips are not for sale and not included). Ed Brown bag, hangtag, paperwork and two Ed Brown 8-round magazines. $2000 cash —...
  11. Gunbuggy

    Springfield 1911 Loaded, Stainless Steel, 4 Mags, Ammo, Holster

    Springfield Armory M1911-A1 Loaded Model Stainless Steel Adjustable Trigger Front and Rear Serrations Factory Night Sights Factory Cocobolo Grips 2x Factory Mags 2x Wilson Combat Mags 250 Rounds of 230g Sellier & Bellot FMJ 22 Rounds of Federal Hydra-Shok JHP 10 Loose rounds of Hornady Critical...
  12. Knute

    1911 Wilson Combat 10MM CQB Elite

    For Sale - Wilson Combat 10MM 1911 CQB Elite. Like new condition, made November 2018, only a few hundred rounds down the pipe. WC tactical style night sights, flared mag well, and all the bells and whistles that Wilson still lists on their website for their CQB Elite. WC inspection and...
  13. B

    John Strayers 50,000 Rd. Competition 1911

    Stumbled upon this, (marketing pitch aside) thought it was interesting.. the fairly 'straight forward' pistol seems to have held up fairly well all things considered... Boss
  14. Y

    Remington 1911 .45

    20 rounds thru it. Trade for p320
  15. IronSites2NS

    Sig Sauer 1911 Super Target Grips

    For Sale are a lightly used pair of Sig Sauer 1911 Super Target Grips in Walnut. All parts included for installation. Excellent Condition. Pictures with a Sig STX (NOT FOR SALE), just to show what they look like installed. Please no trades.
  16. P

    Colt Rail Gun 1911

    Up for trade is my Colt Rail Gun Comes with 2 mags Tlr1-HL is optional. Looking to trade for an AK.
  17. drstrangelove

    Accuracy loss with suppressed 1911

    I have a Sig GSR 1911 in 45acp. Factory unthreaded barrel is very very accurate. Picked up a Nighthawk threaded barrel in trade and had a local smith fit the barrel to my gun. Problem is the accuracy with the threaded barrel without the can is noticeably worse, and with the boostered Liberty...
  18. Kotto69

    1911 grips and front strap

    Stoner slim grips with used bushings and screws. Also a Wilson checkered front strap. Upgrade your favorite 1911 Gvmnt or Cmdr.
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