The M1911 Colt pistol is a semi-automatic and single-action handgun. It is one of the most representative fire weapons from the Colt series 80. It is also recoil-operated and magazine-fed. This means that the operational principle of this type of pistol is recoil, while the ammunition is stored in a special magazine inside the handle of the weapon.
The Colt 1911 was designed by John M. Browning. For many years, this fire weapon was the standard gun for the United States armed forces. The Colt 1911 Series is a firearm with history, being largely used in both World Wars, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. In 1985, the United States had approximately 3 million M1911 pistols in use. Today, it has been replaced with the M9 pistol.
The pistol was tested in front of the designer at the end of 1910. Over the course of 2 days, 6000 bullets were fired with a single pistol. Whenever the weapon became too hot to use, it was simply introduced in cold water to cool it down.
The innovative design made by creator John M. Browning made the M1911 Colt the standard type for all firearms in the 20th century and for all modern pistols. The principle of this innovative design revolves around the idea that short recoil should be used in the basic design of the gun. This design was copied even by civilian weapons because of the model’s inherent small width. Also, the 45 ACP cartridge gave it sufficient power for a small, pocket gun. That is why M1911 Colt is very popular among the public of the United States, especially for recreational purposes. State law enforcement agencies like SWAT, FBI, Marine Corps, Delta Force also use modified versions of the M1911 pistol.
As of March 2011, the Browning M1911 pistol is the official firearm of the state of Utah, in an initiative to honor John Browning who was born there.