45-caliber, semi-automatic, single-action pistol, manufactured of steel, featuring a grip safety and an ambidextrous frame-mounted manual thumb safety that hosted a single-column magazine.



There’s also no denying that they stir an emotion not only for their elegance and aesthetic, knowing that the pistol served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States military between 1911 to 1985. Perhaps it’s my own naivety, sheer ignorance or generational bias, but I also associated them with simply being older technology, that had its time in the limelight, but had been surpassed and resigned to being heirlooms and cherished keepsakes for all modern-day practical purposes as firearms technology had evolved beyond them.

Being a “generation-polymer” kid that mostly trains for self-defense, tactical and for sport, my primary time behind the trigger has involved a lot of weapons systems that revolve around plastic frames, custom components, and modularity versus steel and standard-issue. Whether it be building out 9mm pistols or tricking out ARs (my primary go-tos), for some reason I just never felt like the 1911 was meant for me.

There was certainly no lack of respect on my part for the platform, as I’ve always thought it was a cool design and appreciated it and the legacy behind it. The community trash-talking from the diehard elitist modern platform crowd, who persistently extolled the virtues of only running newer, faster, lighter-weight pistols when compared to the tried-and-true legacy guns never meant much to me, either. Frankly, it always seemed silly.


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