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The M1911 is a semi-automatic, single action, recoil operated, magazine fed handgun chambered for a .45 ACP cartridge.


It has a seven round detachable box magazine and a weight of about 1 kg. It has a muzzle velocity of about 250 meters per second. It also features a length of about 200 mm and a barrel length of about 127mm.[1] The Colt M911 was designed by John Browning and over 2 million have been built.


The only variant of the M1911 series was the M1911A1 and the Colt M1911A1 had some minor differences to the original colt such as a shorter trigger. Some other differences include a wider front sight to help with aiming, and a simplified grip.[2] The M1911A1 was developed in 1924 and it was used alongside the original during World War II.
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The Colt M1911 was adopted by the United States Army in 1911 and the Marine Corps and Navy adopted it 2 years later in 1913. The Colt M1911 was in great demand during World War I. This caused minor changes to the gun and these modifications led to the new Colt M1911A1. World War II did the same as World War I and once again the Colt was in great demand. About 1.9 million Colt M1911A1s were made for all branches of military.

It soon became a favorite of military personnel and even though attempts have been made to replace it with the Beretta M9, many users complain it lacks stopping power and requested an M1911, proving the quality of this weapon. It has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and is also arguably one of the most popular handguns of all times.


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