What could be a more iconic handgun than the M1911, or the many models of 1911 that came after the original? It is perhaps the most duplicated platform in the history of firearms manufacturing and models designed after it have seen widespread service in military action and in law enforcement the world over. It also happens to be one of the most popular handguns in the world among civilians. Target shooters and collectors all love a 1911, not only for its irrefutable historical significance but because it is a timeless model. The all metal frame, reliable action and the capable cartridges with which many 1911s are commonly paired all list among the many reasons why the model refuses to fade. In many ways, a model 1911 is just as relevant and just as viable as a handgun as it was when it was introduced.
Historical arms collectors and historians alike are in love with the M1911 for many reasons. One of these is the fact that it was revolutionary when it was introduced. American servicemen had previously been carrying .38 caliber revolvers that many had considered woefully underpowered in the face of actual armed opposition. The .45 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge for which it was originally paired was a significant improvement over the standard it replaced, and it offered significantly higher stopping power as well.
It’s not just the fact that the M1911 was a technological improvement that endears it to historians and collectors. It’s just as true that the 1911 is an icon that has stood by American servicemen through both world wars and multiple other conflicts. It’s just as revered for its significance in history as it is for its power or design.
Then again, its design is another reason that it has stood the test of time. The British Land Pattern Musket is another historical icon, yet people don’t carry those very frequently anymore. It’s not too uncommon to see target shooters or civilians carrying some version of a 1911 in a match or on their hip.
Much of that comes down to the impressive level of versatility that a 1911 can offer you, regardless of your reasons for owning one. First off, the all metal frame is nearly indestructible with the proper level of care, cleaning and maintenance. If you take care of a 1911, it will take care of you. There are probably original 1911s out there in the hands of conscientious owners that function just as well today as when they were released. Steel may be heavy, and it may be prone to corrosion, but if you take care of it, it will last.
Being nearly all metal in construction, a 1911 is a remarkably reliable action that cycles readily and is easy to clear if it doesn’t. As with any semi auto, that’s something that you can appreciate, even if you’re just punching paper.
Something else that shooters can appreciate is the fact that the trigger of a 1911 is built to enable straight shooting. While many triggers, even modern two stage triggers, move along two axes, the 1911’s moves only straight backward along one. That means there are less forces working on the handgun to twist the sights off target and it can even be easier to learn when the trigger is going to break. That comes together to make a more effective, more accurate marksman behind a 1911.
Since the 1911 has been around for so long, there are many adaptations to it. You can find a 1911 in a staggering number of calibers on top of the .45 ACP around which it was designed. It still pairs perfectly with the .45 Auto but if you want a handgun that comes in .40S&W, .380 Auto, 10mm or many others, you can find it in a 1911.
Also as a result of its longevity, there have been many accessories designed to be compatible with 1911s. Manufacturers have to design accessories around what people want, after all, and many of them want accessories or 1911s. Whether you want lights or lasers or even optics like a red dot sight, you can find models that are compatible with a 1911, provided the 1911 has the proper rails, adapters or mounting surfaces to accommodate them.
If you yourself are the proud owner of a 1911 and need a 1911 parts kit, or you’re interested in a complete 1911 parts kit to build your own, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Sarco, we pride ourselves on offering some of the hardest to find parts and kits for highly sought after, historically significant firearms and military collectibles. We have complete kits from which you can take the parts that you need to make repairs, or you can search our site to find the parts you need for you 1911, including hard to find parts like springs, pins, barrel bushings and much more. By the way, if you’re on our site and you don’t see the 1911 parts kit, or even the parts that you need, please give us a call at 610-250-3960. We would be very happy to help you find just what you need, especially hard to find parts.