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Origins of Pistolcraft: The Development of the 'Modern Technique'

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

Modern Technique Origins

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

1911 Modifications

The 1911’s modular design allows parts to be swapped or upgraded with a few tools and some basic knowledge.

Re-Ignited: Para USA is Back

Since the mid-1980s, Para-Ordnance, now Para USA, has been enhancing a classic American firearm, the M1911 semi-automatic pistol. Recent changes have kept Para out of the spotlight for several years, but now, with a fresh catalog of feature-filled guns, the creators of the “double-stack” .45 are back and ready to turn up the heat in the M1911 consumer market.

Breaking in Precision 1911s

High-quality, precision 1911s come off the factory floor with much tighter tolerances than the models of previous generations. As such, they need a more careful introduction to the range.

9.8 mm or 9.65 mm?

Both Colt and FN developed 1911 handguns in unique calibers for the Romanian army, but neither made it past the prototype stage. The ammunition for these guns was so similar that Wiley believes that they were basically the same.

Para USA Pro Custom 14.45 Pistol

This tricked-out, high-capacity 1911 has a set of features that complement competitive and self-defense applications alike.

Kimber Tactical Entry II .45 ACP Pistol

Designed for uniformed professionals, this full-size 1911 successfully blends custom features shooters want with the accuracy the job demands.

1911 Accuracy

John Moses Browning’s iconic handgun has been continuously improved during its more than 100 years of use, and its accuracy just keeps getting better.

1911s Tighter

Some believe that the original 1911s had tighter tolerances than today’s guns, but since they were intended for field duty that is probably not the case.

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