Video—First Look: Colt 1911 Classic Pistol

posted on October 24, 2019
Some products are so iconic that even as time and technology progress, demand remains for the tried and trusted classic. Throughout its history, Colt’s Manufacturing Co. has cataloged several such products, and it’s encouraging to see the Hartford, Conn., maker bring a vintage rendition of the Government Model 1911 back into its lineup. Featuring Series 70 operation, all-steel construction, double diamond rosewood stocks, a spur-style hammer and a 5” barrel chambered for .45 ACP, the 1911 Classic looks and feels just right. While not an exact replica of any specific model—Colt did take some liberties to enhance construction and performance, including a National Match barrel—the 1911 Classic is nonetheless a welcome introduction, and should tick the box for enthusiasts interested in perhaps the most-American of service sidearms. Watch the video for more.
Colt's Mfg.
1911 Classic
Action type:
single-action, semi-automatic, center-fire pistol
Chambering: .45 ACP
Barrel: 5”
Magazine: 7-round detachable box
Frame: steel
Slide: steel
Finish: blue
Stocks: Double Diamond Checkered Rosewood
Sights: fixed
Overall Length: 8.5”
Height: 5.25”
Features: Series 70 action, service-style spur hammer, short trigger


man shooting bergara rifle outdoors
man shooting bergara rifle outdoors

Trend-Setting Precision: Manufacturer-Run Long-Range Clinics

A quiet trend has begun in firearm industry and, judging by the response, the approach could quickly spread. While more and more gun companies are holding highly successful free events that provide fans a chance to take their latest models for a short “test drive” at a range, a pair of precision-rifle companies have launched something very different.

Review: CMMG Banshee Mk10 Pistol

CMMG offers its radial delayed blowback action Banshee line of large-format pistols based off the AR-15 in a 10 mm Auto chambering as well, with the Banshee Mk10.

NRA Gun Of The Week: Franchi Affinity Turkey Elite

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week with the Franchi USA Affinity Turkey Elite in 20 gauge, a package designed for the pursuit of wild turkey.

The Armed Citizen® Sept. 23, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Preview: Skeeter Hawk Mosquito Repellents

Skeeter Hawk’s mosquito-repelling products make use of all-natural essential oils instead of harsh chemicals to help keep the flying insects away.

Springfield Launches New Online Shopping Experience

The revamped and enhanced experience is designed to ensure customers find exactly what they want quickly—and for a great price.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.