New 1911 Pistol Reviews

1911 Pistol Reviews



While there are many contenders over the years, the title of "Greatest Handgun of All Time" certainly goes to John Moses Browning's 1911 pistol.

Originally adopted as the workhorse semi-automatic service pistol of the U.S. Military in the early years of the 20th century, the 1911 has proven to be both effective and reliable in fulfilling the purpose for which it was designed.

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.

Original M1911A1

Original M1911A1

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.

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Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 Pistol
Performance4.944.944.944.944.94
Durability4.944.944.944.944.94
Concealability3.313.313.313.313.31
Overall Value4.754.754.754.754.75

The Springfield Armory Range Officer is a 1911 pistol specifically designed to meet the needs of shooters who want to have a highly tuned, match-grade pistol that sheds many of the goodies found on the “Loaded'' models which increase the overall cost... [Read more of this review]

26 Reviews


Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol
Performance44444
Durability4.334.334.334.334.33
Concealability4.334.334.334.334.33
Overall Value44444

For many years the Springfield Armory Ultra Compact with its 3.5” barrel was sufficient to meet the needs of the carrying public who wanted a small 1911 pistols which could be concealed in nearly every situation regardless of what you were wearing.... [Read more of this review]

7 Reviews


Springfield Armory Lightweight Operator 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Lightweight Operator 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability4.44.44.44.44.4
Concealability4.24.24.24.24.2
Overall Value4.84.84.84.84.8

Advances in holster production which has made holsters available which can house a light rail equipped 1911 pistol have transformed the platform. Guns which normally would be safe queens taken out for range time or else kept as a nightstand gun are now... [Read more of this review]

5 Reviews


Springfield Armory Loaded Champion 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Champion 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability3.53.53.53.53.5
Overall Value55555

While new manufacturing techniques have made making reliable 1911 pistols smaller and smaller, concealed carry 1911 compact pistols were have been around for years in the form of Commander, Champion, and Officers models. These types of guns have served... [Read more of this review]

3 Reviews


Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Ultra Compact 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability55555
Overall Value55555

While there has always been a demand in law enforcement circles for small, sub-compact pistols which can serve as a backup gun, more and more civilians getting state issued permits to carry concealed weapons has fueled consumer demand for guns such as... [Read more of this review]

8 Reviews


Springfield Armory MC Operator 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory MC Operator 1911 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability22222
Overall Value44444

When the United States Marine Corps sends its special forces troops into the field, they are often attached to a M.E.U.S.O.C. (Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable) and M.E.U.S.O.C. Marines are never satisfied with a “normal” gun... [Read more of this review]

1 Review


Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP .40 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance44444
Durability44444
Concealability33333
Overall Value44444

Like it's 9mm cousin, the Springfield Armory EMP 1911 in .40 S&W is sub-compact pistol designed from the ground up as a concealed carry gun that is meant to effective as both a primary weapon or as a backup gun. The Springfield Armory pistol smiths... [Read more of this review]

4 Reviews


Springfield Armory TRP 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory TRP 1911 Pistol
Performance4.674.674.674.674.67
Durability55555
Concealability2.672.672.672.672.67
Overall Value55555

Considered by many to be absolutely the best 1911 pistol for the money, the Springfield Armory TRP is a semi-custom gun built to provide custom-gun performance without the custom price tag. After winning the contract to produce a 1911 pistol for the FBI's... [Read more of this review]

3 Reviews


Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol Springfield Armory EMP 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance4.754.754.754.754.75
Durability55555
Concealability4.754.754.754.754.75
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

Over the past 10 years, the interest in 1911 pistols has increased at the same time period when more and more States made it easier for the average citizen to obtain a concealed pistol license. The natural result was the development of smaller and small... [Read more of this review]

4 Reviews


Colt .45 XSE Lightweight Commander 1911 Pistol Colt .45 XSE Lightweight Commander 1911 Pistol
PerformanceNo Ratings
DurabilityNo Ratings
ConcealabilityNo Ratings
Overall ValueNo Ratings

The Colt XSE line of 1911 pistols is Colt's “loaded” version of the pistol. The company produces five versions of the gun with two being true Commander configurations. This review set is for the Colt XSE Lightweight Commander. This rendition of... [Read more of this review]

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