The US Army adopted this pistol, designed by John M. Browning, in the year 1911 as their standard service pistol and that is where the name comes from. John M. Browning designed many other firearms too. Back then, for each firearm design he produced, he would need to find a company who was willing to buy the design from him so that the firearm could then be manufactured and marketed. Colt bought the design for the pistol and the caliber of ammunition which was designed to be used in this pistol because known as ".45 ACP" which means, .45 caliber, Automatic Colt Pistol. It has been quite common for more than one company to have the ability to manufacture items procured via government contract and so that is probably why there are so many different manufactures of the model 1911 pistol design that we see today. Eventually, John M. Browning went on to found his own company which remains in business today and also manufactures a model 1911 design pistol.
TV & MOVIES: It would be impossible to list all the places you might have seen a model 1911 design pistol. The pistol you see in this Gunchicks.com photo gallery is branded under the name CITADEL and is manufactured by a company called Howa. If you've ever seen the movie "Pulp Fiction", you may remember the two characters "Jules Winfield" and "Vincent Vega" as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta. Samuel L. Jackson's character Jules, can be seen packing a nickel plated Model 1911 design pistol, but it was made by a company called STAR, chambered for the 9mm parabellum cartridge and given the "Model B" designation. John Travolta's character Vincent, can also be seen packing a nickel plated Model 1911 design pistol, but his was made by the company called Auto Ordnance and given the "Model 1911A1" designation.
The John M. Browning model 1911 design pistol has evolved slightly over the past 100 years but the revolutionary core design concept is present within every clone ever made to this day. The model 1911 pistol has often been referred to as the greatest handgun ever made. Among the top reasons why this pistol has such mass appeal includes, stopping power, comfortable fit in the hand, manageable recoil, thin design making it easier to carry than a large revolver, easier to reload than a revolver, accuracy, durability and it just plain looks really cool! We have only scratched the surface of the extraordinary history of this outstanding pistol. If you would like to learn more about the model 1911 design pistol, please click on these other web site links provided at the bottom of the page (which are not affiliated with our associated with Gunchicks.com in any way) to get more details.
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