We have talked about the world's most iconic firearms a number of times. The AK-47 always reigns supreme. But when discussing pistols, I would be inclined to agree that there is none more iconic than the M1911.
The development of the 1911 grew out of a search to field a semi-automatic pistol to replace the revolvers currently in service with the United States Armed Forces. In 1904, the Thompson-LaGarde tests took place to select a suitable round for that pistol. It was not until 1906, after the .45 ACP cartridge was selected, that trials for the pistol itself took place. A number of designs were submitted but only three survived early testing – designs from Colt, Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken and Savage Arms Company. After years of testing, John Browning's Colt pistol was selected and formally adopted by the United States Army on March 29, 1911, which explains its designation quite nicely.
Since then, the 1911 has found itself in several major wars, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It remained the official sidearm of the United States Armed Forces until 1985, when it was replaced with the Beretta M9. Though it no longer exists in an official service capacity, the 1911 still finds use with a number of special units. It remains popular the world over to this day.
All that wonderful information is about the full-size, 45-caliber 1911 though. I am sure you are here to hear about the Colt 1911 rail gun in .22LR. The Colt 1911 rail gun is manufactured under license by Carl Walther GmbH in Germany. Though it is not actually manufactured by Colt, it is manufactured by a company marked by its craftsmanship, reliability and ingenuity. That said it has the looks of an authentic government-issue Colt 1911 – right down to its "Double Diamond" checkered grips.
The Colt 1911 rail gun features a 5-inch barrel and an overall length of 8.6 inches. Weighing in at just 2.25 pounds, this pistol is easily manageable by any number of shooters – especially considering the fact that it is chambered for the .22LR cartridge. The pistol also features a 3-dot iron sight system with drift-adjustable front and rear sights that provide for a quick acquisition of targets and pinpoint accuracy. As noted, fully-functional thumb and grip safeties are present, as is the half-cock mechanism. Included with every purchase is one 12-round magazine. Did I mention that the Colt 1911 rail gun includes a MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail for lights, lasers and other attachments – pretty cool if you ask me.
The Colt 1911 rail gun in .22LR is the perfect choice for someone just beginning their long journey down the road of firearms. Because it is easily managed and chambered for an inexpensive cartridge, logging hours of practice is well within the realm of reason. Similarly, seasoned veterans will find that it is the perfect choice when the ammunition budget gets a little tight. Consider the Colt 1911 for:
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- First-time buyers
- Much more…
As noted, the Colt 1911 rail gun is now available for $389.85.