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  1. About the M1911A1 Pistol in Miami Vice

    According to the pistol is used by villains, Colombian villains, and assassins. As a Colombian, a 1911 fan, and for the sake of enjoyment, I would like to share some of what I know about this weapon, from having enjoyed it at the shooting range countless times as a kid, reading about it, listening to people who know what they are talking about, and last but not least owning one for a few years. Now, I know where the 1911 forums are at, and so this is an effort towards avoiding "yet-another-post-praising-the-1911" while adhering to the context of this forum and remaining objective. Background "In more than 30 years of experience, I’ve met more competent, serious gunmen who carry 1911’s than those who pack any other handgun." - Clint Smith -Terms used to describe it by many professional shooters are "reactive", "instinctive pointing", and "intuitive". I can confirm this from personal experience. -Pistol designed around cartridge, original power requirements which were based on actual combat experience came from Gen. John T. Thompson, and were fulfilled by John M. Browning, a firearms design genius. -Went into service in the year 1911, and was the weapon which ended the western era, as it was intended for cavalry yet it first saw action in the age of machine guns: WW I. -Time tested in both design and caliber: WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and by many civilians on street over the last century or so. Clyde and Dillinger were known to use it. -28 nations use it, including Colombia's Military. This goes back to the Korean war. -The LAPD SWAT/SIS, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, the FBI regional SWAT teams, and Delta Force use it. -US Marines love it too, placed a $22.5 Million order for 12,000 of them in 2012. 1. Ergonomic -74 degree grip angle - angle most people punch in. -Slim grip due to single stack magazine. -Slide stop/release, magazine release button, thumb safety all well located, so much so that they require no additional training. A slide action shotgun ("pump action") requires more training than a 1911. -Trigger within short reach I can confirm this from personal experience. 2. Accurate -Single action: provides light trigger with a short reset. -Moderate recoil: short recoil system (the barrel decelerating type of short recoil - barrel is decelerated by stopping movement through unlocking the bolt from the breech) and .45 ACP being a low breech pressure cartridge. -5 inch barrel, long for a sidearm, intrinsically lends greater accuracy. I can confirm this from personal experience. 3. Reliable -48 parts, moving parts loosely coupled, jams from dirt/sand/mud much less often, in comparison to weapons chambered for higher pressure cartridges, such as the 9mm Parabellum. -.45 ACP's low breech pressure inflicts less wear on parts - parts break much less often, in comparison to weapons chambered for higher pressure cartridges, such as the 9mm Parabellum. -This has been tested in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Somalia. I can confirm this from personal experience. 4. Safe The weapon includes multiple safety features: -Manual safety -Half cock position (hammer is not on firing pin) -Sear disconnect -Slide stop -Grip safety I can confirm the weapon is safe from personal experience. Never did drop my Series 70 though. 5. Powerful The cartridge -The .45 ACP cartridge was designed (and tested) for its ability to quickly incapacitate humans in combat situations by inflicting substantial wounds. The 1911 was designed around the cartridge. -In the standard FMJ presentation (ballpoint ammunition, not even using modern hollowpoints which are a lot more powerful) the .45 ACP is a solid half ounce piece of metal that punches through 2 solid feet of flesh at a speed of 7 football fields per second, leaving a permanent wound channel half an inch wide - with entrance and quite likely exit wounds due to its penetration. This causes massive bleeding and thereby lowers blood pressure to the point of incapacitation very fast, assuming the brain, heart, or spinal cord do not take a direct hit. -This has been tested in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Somalia. -Design delivers the most power-per-pressure production cartridge in existence. -Observations by one first hand observer, paraphrasing here: "I've been in the CA Corrections System for several years, and have seen a lot of 9mm scars - but no .45 scars." - CA State Corrections Officer -The kinetic energy behind a .45 ACP round is equivalent to that which would be required to launch an apple 150 stories in the air. The Firing Rate -While a point not well quantified, many shooters agree that the short reset trigger lends itself for rapid firing. For professionals rapid fire means "double taps" which is 2 rounds fired in very close succession. As in fire twice instead of once every time. I cannot confirm the cartridge power from personal experience, I have never shot any living being with a .45 ACP. I did observe a large hog slaughtered with a .45 one time, and the effects of one ballpoint round were devastating. As for the firing rate, I myself can fire 8 rounds of .45 through a 1911 decidedly faster than 6 rounds of .38 Special in a double action revolver. 6. Versatile The 1911 design lends itself to customization: -The thumb safety, magazine release button, and slide stop/release can be easily replaced. Many opt for larger and more ergonomic versions of these controls. -The grips, can also be easily replaced. Most opt for more ergonomic grips (based on preferences such as material and texture) and many opt for the sheer aesthetic possibilities. A person so inclined, could easily obtain the measurements, basic hand wood carving tools plus some wood, and produce 100% working grips. Anything you want as far as grips you can have. -Has been successfully chambered in other cartridges even with completely different ballistics (such as the .38 Super) and it is comparatively easy to convert to other calibers. You can take a working 1911 in .45 and with an inexpensive kit turn it into a 100% working .22 LR caliber pistol in a matter of minutes. -The customization capabilities have been illustrated by the USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, and Bullseye competition communities. Their weapons are mostly .38 Super caliber and customized to an extreme degree. Referred to by many as "race guns", all based on the 1911 design. I can confirm this from personal experience, save for a racegun, never have fired one, nor carved 1911 grips by hand. Have seen them replaced, and seen a few handmade ones for sale at gunshows. A 1911 firing .22 LR is great fun at the range however, almost like a pellet pistol, though I have not even seen an air/spring gun since age 12 7. Practical -Can be field stripped without any tools at all. -If model does not come with lanyard loop, easy to install one. A lanyard, enables user to conveniently secure weapon to person, very handy for many common situations, even non confrontational situations, such as while out hunting/hiking and crossing a footbridge, climbing, running, riding on horse/atv/bike etc. -Can be converted to other calibers easily. A popular choice is .22 LR which is great for target practicing, and to teach beginner shooters. -Short-recoil design less complex to manufacture. -Comfortable carry: compare to a revolver of equal caliber and 5 inch barrel, or even other pistols in .45 ACP. The single stack magazine allows for a slim, compact weapon. I can confirm this from personal experience, save for manufacture and carry. In Sum I have kept opinion to a minimum here, as I like facts and actual experience. I can share that the 1911 like other quality technologies is the subject of much heated debate. The fact that a shooter's experience is not readily quantifiable in many aspects, makes the debate challenging. Many of the subjective descriptions used by shooters over time do illustrate a solid consensus. I can vouch for many of the points from personal experience. It is the kind of weapon that once you have practiced with it sufficiently, you look at something, mind says fire and you just hit it! Some people want modern sights on it, I say not needed under 20 yards. If I were expecting trouble, I would have a semi auto 12 Gauge shotgun loaded with OO Buck or a Mini-14. Point is it is a sidearm, an excellent one yet just a sidearm. But you can mix a small MARTINI in a .45 hollowpoint round pal! Mine was one of these: