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

    Norinco 1911 Trade for Blackhawk, Redhawk, or S&W 44 mag.

    I have a Norinco 1911 that is in great shape, a few tiny scratches, photos below. For those that care I have the box it came in. That isn't rust in the foam. It has always been stored in a case. Looking for a Redhawk, Blackhawk, or S&W in 44 mag or larger. Might consider other brands or a 10mm...
  2. R

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  3. Knute

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  4. B

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  5. Roymil666

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  6. mthayerPDX

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  7. Normanator

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  8. Bajablast

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  9. mthayerPDX

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  10. RedneckRampage

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  11. J

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  12. clanhanson

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  13. S

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  14. Heywood

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  15. HaveGun

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    Ordered it via Gunbroker on 14th of May and was finally able to pick it up today. It was worth the wait. Absolutely floored by the fit and finish. Slide to frame fit is superb and the slide racks like it's on ball bearings. Exceeded my expectations for a 1911 at this price point. It's a...
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