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Myths and Legends of the Iconic 1911
warhistoryonline.com ^ | Dec. 5, 2018 | Joseph O'Brien

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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1 posted on 12/05/2018 5:37:09 AM PST by PROCON
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2 posted on 12/05/2018 5:37:46 AM PST by PROCON ('Progressive' is a Euphemism for Totalitarian)
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To: PROCON

Iconic in pulp stories as well as in real life.

3 posted on 12/05/2018 5:44:31 AM PST by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: MrEdd
ha!
"Dual Wielding" in 1936.

Who knew?

4 posted on 12/05/2018 5:47:12 AM PST by grobdriver (BUILD KATE'S WALL!)
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To: PROCON

Kicks like a mule!! Can’t hit the side of a barn!! If those were the case, why do so many people like it?


5 posted on 12/05/2018 5:48:59 AM PST by real saxophonist (One side has guns and training. Other side's primary concern is 'gender identity'. Who's gonna win?)
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To: PROCON

***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.


6 posted on 12/05/2018 5:50:06 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: grobdriver
Who knew?
The Phantom knew.

7 posted on 12/05/2018 6:02:32 AM PST by real saxophonist (One side has guns and training. Other side's primary concern is 'gender identity'. Who's gonna win?)
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To: real saxophonist

I suspect the Shadow knew too.


8 posted on 12/05/2018 6:11:26 AM PST by IronJack
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To: real saxophonist

After a 1911, shooting a 9mm feels like a cap gun to Me. I’d still rather not be Shot with either of them.


9 posted on 12/05/2018 6:15:47 AM PST by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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To: PROCON
My Kimber 1911s w/ Crimson Trace Laser Grips:

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.

10 posted on 12/05/2018 6:16:32 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: real saxophonist

And the 1911 just FEELS RIGHT.


11 posted on 12/05/2018 6:17:15 AM PST by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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To: carriage_hill
Nice, you're a southpaw, huh? 😃
12 posted on 12/05/2018 6:18:42 AM PST by PROCON ('Progressive' is a Euphemism for Totalitarian)
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To: PROCON

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.


13 posted on 12/05/2018 6:28:46 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: PROCON
The original Superman was armed with a .45 government model or two.

He was disarmed because the comic producers did not want to send the "wrong message".

14 posted on 12/05/2018 6:33:52 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: real saxophonist

“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.


15 posted on 12/05/2018 6:36:01 AM PST by oldasrocks (rump)
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To: PROCON
The German army had already replaced the 1883 German ordinance revolver with the semi-automatic Luger.

The Italian Navy had adopted the C96 Mauser broomhandle in 1899.

16 posted on 12/05/2018 6:38:16 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: oldasrocks

Did you see the title, ‘Myths and Legends’?


17 posted on 12/05/2018 6:42:55 AM PST by real saxophonist (One side has guns and training. Other side's primary concern is 'gender identity'. Who's gonna win?)
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The original Superman was armed with a .45 government model or two.

I recall reading this. Anyone able to find a source? I have not.

18 posted on 12/05/2018 6:55:08 AM PST by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: PROCON

A rational country would have a statue of this man in every town square.

L


19 posted on 12/05/2018 6:56:43 AM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: marktwain

The Phantom, above, had a pair of 1911s, but I’ve never heard of Superman having anything like that.


20 posted on 12/05/2018 7:00:18 AM PST by real saxophonist (One side has guns and training. Other side's primary concern is 'gender identity'. Who's gonna win?)
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