Differences between 1911 and 1911A!

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by ysacres, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. ysacres

    ysacres Moderator Moderator Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wawawai WA
    Posts: 1
    (12/30/02 12:01:14 pm)
    Reply Differences between 1911 and 1911A1
    Hello all,
    I was curious to know what the difference(s) are between the 1911 and 1911A1?

    I have alway been fascinated with American WW2 weaponry, and I'm looking to purchase 1911s/A1s, M1s, Thompsons, and such in the near future. Wheres a good place to look for them? Thank you!

    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 3365
    (12/30/02 5:44:20 pm)
    Reply Re: Differences between 1911 and 1911A1
    Hi jettagli16v......welcome to TFF.

    Very little real difference, and all parts will still interchange.

    As compared to the M1911, the A1 has:

    slightly larger sights

    a relief cutout behind the trigger guard.

    a shorter trigger

    no "ears" on the hammer

    a slightly longer tang on the grip safety

    an arched mainspring housing

    As for collecting WWII U.S. Military weapons.....well, they're out there, but original, unaltered ones are getting expen$ive! Decent, original military M1911s are creeping up on the $1000+ range. Military M1911A1s are in the $6-800+ range.

    M1 Garands (original, unaltered, correct matching parts) will run $7-900, M1 Carbines from $4-600....BUT beware of fakes made up of leftover military parts after WWII.

    As for the automatic weapons....BAR, M1928 & M1 Thompsons, and the M3 Greasegun....these are fully automatic weapons and require a Class III FFL. I have no idea how much these guns would cost, and they won't be cheap.......but Good Luck!

    Edited by: Xracer at: 12/30/02 5:53:30 pm

    Posts: 2
    (1/2/03 11:51:49 am)
    Reply re:Differences between 1911 and 1911A1
    Thanks for your help and the welcome!
    How does one aquire a Class III FFL or any level FFL? What ir required? Thanks again!

    *TFF Senior Staff*
    Posts: 3409
    (1/3/03 5:11:19 pm)
    Reply Re: re:Differences between 1911 and 1911A1
    You should be able to learn what you want to know about FFLs here: