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U.S. Model M1911A1 Exploded View

Exploded view and disassembly of the U.S. Model M1911A1

AR's Top 10 Handguns

Our choices for the best and most significant handguns on the past century.

The Beretta M9: 25 Years of Service

The Beretta family, company, and Italian industry can take justifiable pride in doing what to many seemed the impossible: a foreign-based company winning the contract for the U.S. Armed Forces sidearm, a historic first of major significance.

Colt Series 70 Model 1911

Colt’s currently produced Series 70 .45 pistol is very close to duplicating the guns that came from the old factory under the blue dome in 1924.

Browning 1911-22 Review

At seven-eighths the size of its famous grandfather, Browning’s new 1911-22 is hard to resist.

Star Guns

Not too many years ago, the Spanish arms industry was alive and producing guns in quantity, particularly with handguns. Like any product-driven industry, the Spanish companies made pistols and revolvers designed to sell at many price points.

M1911 & M1911A1

To a handgun specialist, the 1911 is a familiar pattern. For Americans, the handgun of the 20th century is Colt’s Model of 1911, caliber .45. The majority of competitive handgun manufacturers offer some variation of this classic design, so gun reviewers deal with the terminology frequently.

The 1911: Not Just a .45

Here’s a look at the other dozen Colt factory chamberings of the M1911 yesterday and today.

The Crimson Trace 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 1911 Grip

It’s been 20 years since Crimson Trace started lighting up targets with their unique series of grip-mounted laser sights. To celebrate this milestone in their company history, Crimson Trace has released a limited edition LG-994 Master Series grip.

Seeing the Sights

Finding the best sights is still up to the shooter, but Wiley Clapp encourages folks to try anything that seems to give them an edge.

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