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Old March 24, 2013, 04:19 PM   #44
Winchester_73
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It makes it America's primary military sidearm, but when you get right down to it, the S&W hand ejector was FAR more popular commercially than the 1911 was until the 1980s.
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Oh, and Colt even sold tons more revolvers commercially than it did 1911s...
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Colt also sold more 1903s commercially than it did 1911s during the same period.
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So, really, it took the 1911 70 years, or pretty much when it was ending its term as America's standard military sidearm, to become really popular commercially.
Ok but what might be a really good reason for that? Maybe a high pct of production going into two separate world wars? Also it was more expensive as a civilian arm.

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I will admit, now it's making up for lost time.
In a way, S&W did as well, but in a different way. Rossi, Taurus and the low quality Spanish copies, copied S&W, notably the M&P.

Another consideration with the M&P is how Colt introduced the DA revolver in 1877, before S&W, and the DA swing out cylinder in 1889, before S&W. So the great M&P did borrow signifcant aspects of its design. The 1911 was way more an original design whereas the M&P was somewhat more a perfection of older technology which was introduced by makers other than S&W.

The S&W was largely issued to police and agencies because the 1911 was considered over kill IMO AND the M&P was cheaper. The M&P was also reliable, in a proven caliber so it worked. It is and was a great design, but was not near as ground breaking as was the 1911.
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