The Iconic 1911 Pistol

M1911_pistolRecently I had the great fortune to attend the 2014 Shot Show. While I must say that the over stimulation to seeing such a great deal of what the firearms industry has for the future the one gun I found over and over was the 1911 pistol. This famous handgun just celebrated its 100th anniversary and it is still an icon today. This was evidenced by the vast number of companies that manufacture it.

The ability to see and handle some of these pistols offered me a great insight to this weapon system. In the past I had built a gun to fit my wants on a Colt 1991A1 base gun. What used to be considered as “custom” add-ons like match grade barrels, beavertail grip safety, combat sights, commander style hammer, or an adjustable trigger are now seemingly standard. Sure you can still get the mil-spec guns, but if you have designs on adding these items consider getting them outfitted from the factory.

Gun finishes and grip panels are again offered in more options than I could ever mention. The only other weapon system that I can think of that offers more options for personalization is the AR-15.

If you are thinking about getting into 1911 shooting then there are options for you. Buy one that works for you in both feel and price. Purchasing a 1911 that shoots a 1″ group may not be what you need and most certainly will cost you in the 4 figures.  I recommend going to your local gunshop to ask questions and grip several of them. At AZFirearms we have in stock a wide array of 1911′s such as Colt, Sig Sauer, Remington, Kimber, and Taurus. You can view these online at or stop by our store in Avondale (AZ).

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