The Colt 45, one of my favorite shooters. The Colt 1911 was designed by John Moses Browning in 1911. Anyone ever wonder if this man went in another direction? Say architect for example - (interesting thought hey) any way...
The Colt 1911 was designed in 1911 by the man himself (John Browning) but I recently found out he also made the cartridge for this side arm as well which is chambered in .45 ACP. This as I understand was due to the ineffectiveness of the M1892 revolver also shared by Colt. Chambered in .38 it was said that the M1892 when used in the Philippines during the Philippine-American war (1899-1902) the soldiers would tie off their limbs to stop the blood loss and keep fighting. So the .45ACP was adopted by the U.S Army as it proved to be a more effective cartridge and made for a more powerful sidearm all round.
One of the stories I remember reading somewhere went something like...During WW1 an Army Sergeant by the name of Alvin c York used his Colt 1911 pistol to single-handedly kill six German soldiers charging him with rifles fitted with Bayonets, Impressive mix of bravery and marksmanship under pressure and for this he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The picture shown is the model in question the 1911 A1. It was adopted in 1924 and there were a lot of modifications to make this model shoot better than its predecessor. Some of the changes include shorter trigger, scalloping of the trigger housing, a longer safety spur (to prevent hammer bite), wider sights, famous arched mainspring housing, shortened hammer spur and simplified grip checkering made from plastic.
Another interesting thing I found was after all this time the internal designs haven’t changed much at all, even with different calibers and newer models. One example of this I can share is I once had an issue with timing on a colt pistol manufactured around 80 years later and it was chambered in .22 caliber and I could still swap parts between the two firearms to diagnose the problem before I ordered the parts I thought I needed. I found this impressive that the design after all this hasn’t changed a great deal.
This Particular firearm shown was Part of the British Land Lese program signed in March 1941 by president Roosevelt Manufactured by the Ithaca Gun Company (NY) in 1943 indicated by the serial number and the BNP proof marks. Approximately 60,000 of these were made in this year, making it a common model with about 400,000 produced over a 2 year period from Ithaca manufacturing Co.
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These proof markings show the British Nitro Proof markings and Common, London Proof markings signifying that the firearm has passed testing requirements. Hope this gives you some in-site to the Cult classic Colt 1911 A1. Until next find.
- From one of our loyal customers 'Bullet'