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Op-Ed: Comparing six types of 1911 handguns

Comparing six types of 1911s. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
September 01, 2018

It’s hard to believe that a handgun produced in the year 1911 still flourishes today. Many collectors and shooters feel the most accurate handgun in their collection is a 1911. There is nothing like taking a 1911 handgun to the range and feeling the extreme accuracy it delivers. There is something about that short and light single action trigger pull that puts rounds down range and hits targets with ease. I consider shooting a 1911 handgun a confidence booster.

Something many people don’t realize is how many different types of 1911 handguns are available in today’s market. Firearm manufacturers took the historic design, while staying true to traditional mechanics, and they create all different types of 1911 handguns. Stepping away from the standard .45 ACP, 1911 handguns are now available in a variety a rounds and barrel length sizes. Everything from a small .22 long rifle to a large 10mm round has been produced.

Many shooters, collectors and enthusiasts customize their 1911s more than any other type of handgun. Custom laser engraving, cerakote finishes, grip modifications, polishing the internal components, and amazing frame and slide work makes the 1911 handgun a real showpiece. Showing off a custom 1911 is common with collectors and for a gun that was created more than 100 years ago, enthusiasts still can’t get enough of it.

With this review, I decided to show off six types of 1911 handguns, along with some range shooting scenes. These handguns are different and special in their own way. Each will also suit the needs for those who want to carry, use in shooting competitions, use to hunt or just enjoy at the range; a 1911 handgun is ready and available for many purposes.

Check out the video below and let us know which of these 1911 handguns is your favorite. What model of 1911 do you own and why do you feel that model is superior?

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