Having a long gun that accepts the same cartridge as your handgun has made good sense for 150 years, but some of today’s modern pistol-caliber carbines take the idea a step further by sharing the same magazine.
On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman staff are checking out an optic-ready, hybrid version of the 1911 pistol.
Swept into World War I in April 1917, the U.S. military desperately needed .45 ACP handguns. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson had existing revolver designs adopted as the Model of 1917, and they would go on to serve again during World War II.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program, a privatized entity that was formerly the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship, is selling surplus M1911 and M1911A1 handguns from the U.S. Army in order to support its mission of teaching and promoting marksmanship.