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The M1911 is a pistol originally made by Colt, and is now the most copied pistol design in the world. It was made in the early 1900s and was in World War I, World War II, The Korean War, and in the Vietnam War. It is semi-automatic and can fire a bullet each time the trigger is pulled. It can hold seven rounds inside its magazine and one more in the chamber. It is still made today.

It was the most used pistol in the United States Military from 1911-1985. The M1911 is a common pistol design for police special teams because it is reliable in function, easy to modify by a gunsmith, and effective.

The "1911" in the name is because the pistol was adopted by the United States Army in the year 1911. M1911A1 pistols have an 'A1' added because they were changed from the original design in the 1920s in military service. The pistol was made first by Colt Manufacturing but was produced by many other companies during World War II and now on the commercial market.


  • Colt 1911 & Early prototypes by Gerard Henrotin (H&L Publishing - 2003)
  • The Colt 1911A1 Explained by Gerard Henrotin (H&L Publishing - 2004)