Colt 1911 A1 pistol

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Colt 1911 A1 pistol history

The Colt gun was designed and designed by engineer John Moses Browning. It responds to an increased demand from US forces engaged in the jungle, and wants to have a handy, compact and robust pistol.

The choice of the ammunition fired by this pistol was the subject of much debate, and the decision was finally made for a .45 caliber (11.43 mm) rather than a .38 caliber (9.65 mm), because the soldiers Americans preferred to be equipped with a handgun with a larger caliber.

Colt 1911 came into service in the US Army on March 29, 1911, and was later adopted two years later by the US Navy and the US Marine Corps.

During the First World War, a pistol revealed some defects that were repaired in 1926. Thus, the 1911A1 is born: it is more compact, the trigger is also shorter, the sighting device is simplified, etc. The new Model was produced to such a large extent that in 1945 the American Government stopped its manufacture and decided to draw on the reserves, which were largely sufficient.

Widely used during the wars of Korea and Vietnam, Colt 1911A1 was used in particular by the French and Norwegian forces. Today, it is still staffed (in a modernized version) in some US Army Corps and in organizations such as the FBI or the SWAT emergency response police.

Colt 1911 A1 pistol history specification

Creator: United States of America
Denomination: Colt 1911A1

Fire mode: semi-automatic
Caliber: .45 ACP (11,43 mm)
Feed system: 7 round-magazine
Range: 50 m
Rate of fire: 20 rounds/min

Weight: 1,06 kg
Length: 218 mm