by NRABlog Staff - Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Colt 1911, born from the inventive mind of John Browning, is the most revered sidearm in the history of the United States Armed Forces and arguably the most successful semi-automatic pistol of all time. Introduced in 1911 as the M1911 and still utilized today, the pistol has participated in every major conflict of the 20th and 21st centuries over its 105-year service.
More than two million M1911s have been produced, not including the countless commercial replications that helped the pistol become a commercial success in competition, self defense, and recreational use. Its ubiquity in the military, civilian life, and entertainment has made it the de-facto modern centerfire pistol against which all others are compared. Recently, our NRA Gun Gurus named it one of ten classic guns - a list it is expected to stay on for quite a long time. Even the story of its ultimate replacement by the Beretta 92F is interesting and can be chalked up to NATO pressuring the adoption of a standard 9mm pistol.
The 1911 is so celebrated you would be hard pressed to find a critic and it's no surprise this influential and iconic .45 ACP pistol came out on top of our 64-gun bracket.
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