History of the Colt
Colt pistol was conceived and designed by the American engineer
John Moses Browning. It responds to a rising demand from U.S.
forces engaged in the jungle, and who wishes to have a handy,
compact and solid gun.
The choice of the ammunition fired by the pistol has been subject
of much debate and the decision was finally taken to adopt a .45
caliber (11.43 mm) rather than a .38 caliber (9.65 mm), because
American soldiers have preferred to have a handgun with a higher
The Colt 1911 was commissioned in the U.S. Army on March 29, 1911,
and was also adopted two years later by the U.S. Navy and U.S.
the First World War this pistol revealed some defects that were
repaired in 1926. Thus, the 1911A1 was emerging: it was more compact,
the trigger was also shorter, the sights was simplified ... The
new model has been produced at such a large quantity than in 1945
the U.S. Government stopped its production and decided to draw
on reserves, more than enough.
Widely used during the Korea and Vietnam wars, the 1911A1 Colt
was used by the French and Norwegian armored forces. It is still
USED in some U.S. military units and some other organizations
such as the FBI or the SWAT.