The 1911 was originally built around the .45 ACP cartridge which was considered powerful enough to overcome the problem that U.S. regular forces were having with Moro guerrillas over the course of the Philippine-American War. Moros were fierce fighters that were known to use drugs in order to deaden their sense of pain in order to be able to continue fighting while greviously wounded. The stopping power of the .45 matched to the reliability of the M1911 pistol's short recoil single-action dependability was a most effective combination indeed.
Colt was the original producer of the service pistol and enjoyed being the only trade name associated with the platform for decades. It might have been assumed that as a host of new high-capacity "wonder guns" flooded the market starting in the late 1970's, the popularity of the 1911 would wane. Nothing could be further from the truth. The guns has proven to be such a consistenly strong seller that now Colt is a minority producer on the 1911 scene as nearly one out of two gun manufacturers creates some variant of the design. For many companies, such as Springfield Armory, the 1911's sell at a much higher rate and often are difficult to find in comparison to plastic framed guns.
Today you can find the 1911 chambered for a number of different rounds. The .45 continues to be the most popular but companies have been able to successfully market smaller cartridge versions of the gun such as the 9mm as well as in high powered variants such as the .38 Super.
The single-stack magazine allows this pistol to assume a low profile that concealed carry types love. More than one sworn Glock lover has been turned form the dark side after experiencing the world of difference that comes with carrying a 1911.
The newest 1911 pistol reviews are found below. Service, compact, and sub-compact variants are all listed here in an effort to keep all the 1911 "things" together in one place but you can filter the various reviews by using the sort links below. At the bottom of the page there is another link to the complete index of all 1911 pistols organized by title.
When designing the Range Officer 1911 pistols, Springfield Armory upgraded the internals to match-grade TRP quality while trimming extras like the full length g...[Read More]
The Loaded Micro Compact with its 3" barrel and aluminum frame was the next evolutionary step in the sub-compact 1911 arena. Smaller and lighter than its predec...[Read More]
The Springfield Armory Lightweight Operator shares the integration of a picatinny rail with other Operator 1911s but it also sports a lighter frame made from al...[Read More]
Springfield Armory's Loaded Champion sports a shortened 4" barrel matched to a full-size frame. Magazine capacity remains the same and the gun gets all the trad...[Read More]
At one time the 6 Round Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 pistol was the smallest gun that Springfield Armory made. It was soon eclipsed by the Micro Compact and eventu...[Read More]
The first full production 1911 to feature an integrated accessory rail, the MC Operator meets all the requirements of the Marine Corps M.E.U.S.O.C. combat pisto...[Read More]
Reviews for the 8-shot Springfield Armory EMP in .40 Smith & Wesson. Nearly identical in form and function to the EMP-9. Includes ambidextrous safety, cross...[Read More]
Modeled after the FBI Contract Pistol, the Springfield Armory TRP 1911 pistol packs together a lot of custom features and offers them at a not-so-custom price. ...[Read More]
Given the 2007 American Handgunner "Gun of the Year" award, the Springfield Armory 9mm EMP is a compact 1911 pistol designed specifically to work with short act...[Read More]
The XSE Lightweight Commander comes with an aluminum frame while still retaining all of the standard upgrades common to all 1911 pistols in the XSE line. Only a...[Read More]
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