American shooters seem to have an unending desire for .45 pistols made on the M1911A1 pattern. Now 102 years old, the grand old pistol continues to enjoy brisk sales, despite a notable lack of so-called “modern” features—double-action-only triggers, enhanced-capacity magazines and polymer receivers. This fact is well known and needs little in the way of amplification. Simply stated, the M1911-style pistol is a classic.
A couple of years ago, the nation’s oldest gunmaker took the big step of tooling up to produce the gun for the first time in decades. For the first time in the modern era, you could buy an M1911 in the bright green box associated with Remington. While not exactly news at this point in time since the gun was written up in these pages, realize that the last time the Remington name was associated with the M1911 platform was when its lineal predecessor, Remington-Union Metallic Cartridge Co., made M1911 pistols during World War I. This should not be confused with World War II M1911A1s made by an unrelated office machine company named Remington-Rand.