Colt 1911

 

If the discussion is iconic firearms, then the AK-47 takes the cake. But if we frame the discussion in terms of iconic American firearms, or even just pistols, then the M1911 can make a pretty strong case for reigning supreme.

 

The development of the 1911 grew out of a search to field a semi-automatic pistol to replace the revolvers that were 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. Little did anyone know, it was to become a legend. 

 

There is really not much that can be said about the M1911 that has yet to be said – we all already know about its great impact. For over 100 years, the M1911 has been in service with the United States Military – more than 75 of which were spent as the standard issue side arm of the U.S. Army. To this day, the M1911 remains ridiculously popular, a fact of which we here at Keepshooting.com are well aware.

 

Following our decision to stock a wealth of replacement parts for the Heckler & Koch G3 and the Walther P1/P38 comes our decision to carry spare parts for the M1911 as well. For years, we have carried the well-reviewed Colt 1911 magazine – a high quality 8-round magazine. Now, it is joined by mechanical parts that can be used to repair or upgrade your M1911. Are you looking to give your pistol a more traditional appearance? Consider the 1911 hammer. Worried about its reliability? Pick up a newly manufactured Mil-Spec extractor. And these are just a few of the many parts that will be added to our web store in the near future so check back regularly for a wider selection.

 
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