Model 1911 And Why We Continue To Hold On To Ours
07 May 2019
The model 1911 is, without a doubt, one of the most important pieces in American history. Patented in 1911 by John Moses Browning it has served as the standard military sidearm throughout WW1, WW2, Korean War, and the Vietnam war. The longest serving sidearm in American history. A reputation that’s pretty tough to hold a candle to.
But here we are, 108 years later, and a lot has changed since Browning and Colt produced the infamous milled steel and wood pistol spitting 8 rounds of 45 ACP at 900 fps. Now we have some pretty cool stuff widely available to shooters that definitely make the 1911 look like a century old design. The polymer striker fired handgun is pretty dominant as the most reliable and used pistol for our modern era. Companies like Glock, Sig Sauer, H&K, and CZ mass produce these light weight, high capacity, supremely reliable pistols my the millions, and at a price almost any shooter can afford. These guns carry more rounds, weigh less, are infinitely less finicky, and a whole lot simpler than Browning's original design.
Even though a Glock 17, or a Sig P320 are the more sensible choices when it comes to a full size pistol, why do our eyes wander to the 1911? They carry less than half the rounds of their polymer cousins, and are twice as heavy. I think it stems from the same sort of part of our brain that wants a 1965 Pontiac GTO that gets 9 miles to the gallon and weighs two tons. Even though a modern Ford has a more efficient engine, better gas mileage, safer, and quicker, the muscle car still just gets that cool factor for me. If you've ever had the chance to run the 1911s made by Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, STI, or Springfield, I’m sure you get the same feeling we do when comparing them to the Glock. Sensible? Definitely not. Awesome, extremely well made, and a blast to shoot? Definitely.
So all in all the 1911 keeps a proud spot in our collection for many different reasons besides being a “sensible” handgun. It's a gun that's great to shoot, has tons of history, and something to pass down to the younger generation of shooters. Call us vain, but the aesthetics and feel of that all steel, single stack, wood grip, heavy as hell, and ammo picky 1911 will always get us going.