What is considered a 1911? And why is it called that?
Hey midntdrftr, I like that clip of Indianna Jones!
(Harrison Ford was sick the day that was shot, running fever, felt lousy, yet that didn't stop his sense of humor. That scene wasn't originally supposed to be a part of the moive, he just did it for the heck of it. Everyone loved it so they left it in. It was almost edited out though in the final release out of fears of not being 'politically and socially proper.' Fortunately they left it in.
Sorry to hi-jack this thread.)
That wikipedia article will give you enough of the history. Most of what we refer to as 1911s today are 1911 clones patterned after the actual M1911 and or M1911-A1 pistols that made there debut in 1911. The modern versions have kept much of the basic design, but add or change certain features. The Colt modern reproductions aren't drastically different than the original. The Springfield U.S. GI is also designed without most of the modern tweaks.
Since the patent for the M1911 and M1911-A1 designs have long since expired everyone is pretty much free to borrow from the design as much as they wish. Due to the timeless popularity of the design there are literally dozens of companies making 1911 pattern pistols. It really says something about the genius of the design that a pistol born nearly one hundred years ago is the often the most common semi-auto in shooting competitions today.
The 1911 is the gold standard that all other pistols wish they could attain.
Thanks for shedding some light, guys. I'm wondering if the local ranges here have any 1911's for me to rent. I'd like to experience it.
Think of the 1911 and a Chevy 350 engine,what do YOU want to do to it???? If you want a solid platform with parts you can get from everwhere then 1911 is the promised land,just like the 350 chevy. Thank you John M. Browning I own 2 and looking for #3 . J.R.