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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 U.S. Army on March 29, 1911, which explains its designation quite nicely.
The 1911 has grown to easily become one of the most iconic firearms the world has ever seen. Developed over 100 years ago by John Browning, the pistol has since found itself in several major wars, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Its design has remained largely unchanged for good reason. Springfield Armory, however, introduced a number of upgrades to their "Loaded" series that were once only available through custom gunsmithing. Among those improvements are: precision-fit forged frames slides and barrels; front and rear cocking serrations; flat serrated mainspring housing; lowered and flared ejection port; delta lightweight hammer; loaded chamber indicator; titanium firing pin; Carry Bevel™ treatment; High-Hand™ beavertail grip safety; tritium night sights; Torx™-head grip screws and a lightweight, adjustable speed trigger. Talk about loaded.
The Springfield Loaded 1911-A1 features a 5-inch forged stainless steel barrel and an overall length of 8.5 inches. The forged steel frame and slide both feature a Parkerized finish to protect from rust and corrosion and are joined by cocobolo hardwood grips. As noted, the pistol also includes a lightweight aluminum match-grade trigger with a trigger pull that is rated between 5 and 6 pounds. Weighing in at a hefty 40 ounces unloaded, the pistol can be easily managed by a range of shooters. Other features include the beavertail grip safety, manual thumb safety and 3-dot tritium night sights. Each pistol includes two 7-round magazines for a "7+1" capacity.
If you want the supreme pizza of 1911s, then you want the Springfield Loaded 1911-A1. It has all the toppings you could possibly ask for with none of the greasy mess. Consider the Springfield Loaded 1911-A1 for:
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Concealed carry and personal protection
- Much more…