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What is a 1911?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by ysacres, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. ysacres

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    Cloudbreak
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    Ok, so i know nothing about guns, this may sound like the dumbest question in the world, but i really want to know. I have been reading about handguns the last couple weeks and i have seen people talk about the legendary 1911 a million times already. Its mentioned more than any other gun, yet i have no clue what it actually is. What is the 1911 and what makes it so special? How is it different from other guns?
    Marauder Shreddin

    warpig883
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    That is a question with many answers. let me see if I can sum it up.

    In the late 1800's and early 1900's John Browning was designing some of the worlds first semi automatic handguns. One of these designs was adopted by the US military in 1911. It was manufactured by Colt and has always been known as the Colt 1911. The caliber is .45 ACP (automatic colt pistol) and there are many variations of it now being made by many different companies. The 1911 is the standard by which all other semiautomatic pistols are judged. It fits the hand great and points like and extension of your finger.

    It is reliable and powerful with many after market performance part available.

    Go to the competition shooting forum and ask some of these guys about their race guns and the kind of groups they shoot.

    It served the US military thru 4 wars and its replacement with the Beretta 92 9mm has been a source of controversy since the early 90's.

    JayNRaleigh1
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    (4/16/02 7:55:50 pm)
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    Hi folks. My first post here.... Sorry in advance for the newbie question, but what is a race gun?

    Thanks,
    Jay

    warpig883
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    (4/16/02 8:10:49 pm)
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    Welcome Jay Feel free to ask any question ya please.

    A race gun is a term used to describe a gun used for competition shooting that has been fine tuned and souped up with custom made or after market goodies to make it shoot VERY VERY good.

    JayNRaleigh1
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    (4/16/02 8:30:18 pm)
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    Thanks for the reply! If I wanted a 1911 with a compensator, what's the best way to go? Do any of the manufacturer's offer that option, or do you pretty much have to get a gunsmith to do it?

    I'm in Raleigh, NC if anyone knows of any local place to have it done.

    Jay

    Cloudbreak
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    (4/17/02 12:11:11 am)
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    Cool, thanks for the history warpig.
    Marauder Shreddin

    bg
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    (4/17/02 1:36:42 am)
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    No such thing as a dumb question when it comes to the 1911
    or any gun for that matter.The more folks take an interest in
    firearms,how they work and using em in a safe and responsible
    manner,is what will help keep safe and sane shooting going.
    For the new folks like someone said here,welcome aboard.You
    will find some of the nicest folks at this forum.If you're wanting
    a 1911 with a comp,there are gunsmiths that can help you
    with that.If you already have a 1911,Bill Wilson at Wilson's
    Combat makes a nice little comp that takes the place of the
    factory barrel bushing.It's pretty simple to install.It might help
    ya some with recoil if that's the concern.I think the site
    address for Bill is,
    www.wilsoncombat.com
    Hope you enjoy it here,take care bg

    Cloudbreak
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    (4/17/02 3:58:25 am)
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    Thanks for the link, awesome website to explore
    Marauder Shreddin

    shooter45 us
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    (4/17/02 3:05:14 pm)
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    Jay and Cloudbreak, welcome to the forum.

    Jay, go to page 4 of this forum and check out "Shooter45's Race Gun". There is a picture and description.

    rayra
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    Alphamale
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    Pardon me while I burst into flames. I've had enough of the world and its people's mindless games---Incubus

    Zigzag2
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    (4/20/02 8:29:34 am)
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    This is another, Colt Gold Cup Trophy




    this is NOT a 1911





    Edited by: Zigzag2 at: 4/20/02 9:31:17 am

    Cloudbreak
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    (4/20/02 6:24:14 pm)
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    Hahah Zig.
    Marauder Shreddin

    Zigzag2
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    warpig883
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    (4/21/02 4:54:26 am)
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    Is thay PLASTIC? Must be a kids gun right?
    I'm a man of means by no means

    Xracer
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    (4/21/02 7:58:45 am)
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    I wonder what caused a squirt gun to break like that!

    Good thing that REAL guns are made of metal.

    Zigzag2
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    (4/21/02 9:11:46 am)
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    You suppose they thried firing that plastic gun before they
    un-locked it?

    irishPJM
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    (5/4/02 11:25:48 am)
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    here`s mine,,, great gun , with a great history

    [link]http://pub176.ezboard.com/bcurioandrelicfirearmsforum[/link]

    Tac401
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    Welcome Aboard irishPJM!
    TFF VMBB Email Tac

    Cloudbreak
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    (5/4/02 3:53:16 pm)
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    Nice gun Irish
    Marauder Shreddin

    Xracer
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    (5/4/02 5:14:47 pm)
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    Welcome to TFF, Irish.

    Nice to see your '11 still has the original diamond grips.

    I have one identical to yours.....made in Sept., 1918. Also have a WWI holster, web belt, magazine pouches, and several half-blued magazines.


    rishPJM
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    (5/7/02 7:08:20 pm)
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    my frame is a 1914 springfield, the story behind my 11 is that it was taken from a Jap by a Lt Col. when they liberated a prisoner of war camp, on one of the islands in the pacific,the Lt Col gave it to a man that I got it from (Manila maybe ?, not sure). I got it all apart in a plastic bag with a light layer of rust on everything,,,,,,and all for only 150.00,,,,,,I`m happy....PJ,

    irishPJM
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    (5/7/02 7:09:47 pm)
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    SORRY,,, Thanks for the warm welcome....PJ
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