Classics: Colt 1911 Government Model
By Garry James
Today, the Colt Government Model, in all its incarnations, is one of the most popular pistols in the world. However, when it first appeared in 1911, only the United States seemed particularly enamored of it—presciently followed three years later by Norway. The Luger, with a provenance going back to the beginning of the 20th century, still was considered world standard.
There are those who disparage the 1911’s appearance, calling it such things as “Old Slabside.” If the maxim “beauty is as beauty does” holds true, however, the Government Model is the Mona Lisa of auto pistols.
When World War I started, out of necessity, other countries began looking around for arms to fill their depleted armories, and the 1911 started looking pretty good. It was ultimately used …Read the Rest
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