Skip to comments.Myths and Legends of the Iconic 1911
Posted on 12/05/2018 5:37:09 AM PST by PROCON
Pretty much anyone on the planet who studies firearms or military history has heard of the pistol known as the 1911.
In continual service and production for over 100 years, it is the longest serving handgun in US military history and one of the longest serving weapons in world history.
With such longevity, there are naturally many myths, legends, and stories attached to the 1911.
The pistol was designed in the early 1900s for a US Army contract. It was a product of the fertile mind of John M. Browning, a man considered to be one of the most important and prodigious inventors of firearms in history.
He also designed other famous weapons from the Winchester 1894 rifle to the M2 .50 caliber machine gun which is also still in service to this day.
M1911 designer, John Browning.
The 1911 was designed in response to an Army request for a new semi-automatic pistol to replace the various revolvers then in service. The Army was just coming to the tail end of a guerrilla war in the Philippines that had made them re-evaluate their choice of weapons.
Tough Moro enemies had frequently required multiple shots to reliably put them down. So when the Army was selecting a new handgun, the specification was for a .45 inch caliber in order to give it more punch. The Army also took the remarkable step of specifying a semi-automatic instead of a revolver.
The outcome of these requirements was the now famous model of the 1911 pistol. So began a fascinating history that continues to this day.
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Iconic in pulp stories as well as in real life.
Kicks like a mule!! Can’t hit the side of a barn!! If those were the case, why do so many people like it?
***The Army also took the remarkable step of specifying a semi-automatic instead of a revolver.***
That is until 1917 when the .45 ACP revolver was put in service. S&W and COLT made them.
After the war, they were sold as surplus and the .45 Auto-Rim cartridge was born.
I suspect the Shadow knew too.
After a 1911, shooting a 9mm feels like a cap gun to Me. I’d still rather not be Shot with either of them.
2009 Kimber® 1911 "Eclipse Target II™" .45cal ACP (in-hand) w/ CT Rosewood Grips, and 2012 Kimber® 1911 Stainless "Custom TLE™ II" (Tactical Law Enforcement) .45cal ACP w/ CT Burled Walnut Grips.
Holsters are Galco® FED-212™ Paddle Holsters.
Both are amply fed by 8-Round Wilson Combat Magazines. I also carry 2 extra mags in a Galco® Paddle Dual 8-Round Mag Carrier.
Ammo is Hornady® XTP™ 230gr Hollow-Points.
And the 1911 just FEELS RIGHT.
I’m a righty primarily, but shoot w/ both hands, and my camera hand is my right one. I taught myself to shoot ambidextrously, in case of taking a hit on my right hand/arm.
He was disarmed because the comic producers did not want to send the "wrong message".
“Kicks like a mule etc”
You need more practice. The last shoot I went to I hit 8 our of 10 head shots in 10 seconds at 25 yards. that time includes changing a mag out.
Sounds like you are scared to pull the trigger. Find a good balanced weapon and practice, practice, practice.
The Italian Navy had adopted the C96 Mauser broomhandle in 1899.
Did you see the title, ‘Myths and Legends’?
I recall reading this. Anyone able to find a source? I have not.
A rational country would have a statue of this man in every town square.
The Phantom, above, had a pair of 1911s, but I’ve never heard of Superman having anything like that.
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