What are your thoughts on 1911?
Love it or hate it, the 1911 pistol is kind of a big deal, even if just for its longevity. Just past the turn of the previous century, the Army figured out it wanted an autoloading handgun with similar ballistic capability to the .45 Colt, which had served them well. Since our military folks rode around on horseback at that time, features like easy one-handed operation and grip safeties were important. If you drop your handgun mid-gallop, you don’t want it to go off when it hits the ground.
In response, John Moses Browning, may he rest in peace, came up with the 1911. The Army liked its ease of use and hard-hitting power, which, according to 1911 guru Robert Campbell, is akin to “a velvet covered brick.”
You’ll hear gun folks talk in reverential tones about the pistol named 1911. Yes, it’s a year, but it’s also a pistol design. Not a manufacturer or a specific model, but a design—kind of like how a pickup truck is a design. Lots of car manufacturers make pickups, and you can get them with different-size engines, but they all have some common features, like seats in the front and a cargo bed in the back.