The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old October 7, 2012, 02:43 AM   #1
chrisintexas
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 11, 2012
Posts: 198
1911?

Please excuse my ignorance. My straightforward question is
- What is exactly a 1911?

Thanks
chrisintexas is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 02:59 AM   #2
AZAK
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 15, 2008
Location: the object towards which the action of the sea is directed
Posts: 2,103
March 29, 1911

to be more precise.

A pretty good place to start:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

Or if you don't have the time and want the Reader's Digest version:
John Moses Browning's semi-automatic pistol design submitted to/for the US military and adopted by them on March 29, 1911; 1911.
__________________
The lowest paid college major/degree in this country after graduation...
Elementary Education.

Now, go figure...
AZAK is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 06:27 AM   #3
BoogieMan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 4, 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 1,274
Its arguably the finest semi automatic handgun design ever produced.
Other than that, What AZAK said.
__________________
Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.
Milton Freidman
BoogieMan is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 05:48 PM   #4
BigJimP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 23, 2005
Posts: 11,357
Only to correct a misnomer.....there is no argument, it is the finest semi-auto handgun ever designed....

The triggers are what makes them great ...they are not hinged ( so they don't swing thru an arc )...the trigger moves straight back and forth inside the frame....and when properly fit - they have no creep and no slack / and break like "glass"....
BigJimP is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 06:04 PM   #5
jimbob86
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 4, 2007
Location: All the way to NEBRASKA
Posts: 6,818
The trigger on my $400 Filipino slag gun 1911 is better than any DA/SA gun at any price: It is more consistant, shorter, breaks cleaner, and has a shorter reset than ANY other design.

If you are new to pistols, avoid learning on a 1911, as that trigger will ruin you for just about everything else.

_____________

"Life is too short to spend any of it learning to deal with crappy triggers."
__________________
TheGolden Rule of Tool Use: "If you don't know what you are doing, DON'T."

http://nefirearm.com/
jimbob86 is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 06:09 PM   #6
Theohazard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 19, 2012
Location: Western WA
Posts: 2,190
Like AZAK said, a 1911 is a firearm based off of John Browning's original design that was adopted by the US military in 1911.

The patents for the overall design expired long ago, so many companies make them now. Some are more traditional, some have more modern features, but they're all directly derived from John Browning's original design.
__________________
0331: "Accuracy by volume."
Theohazard is offline  
Old October 7, 2012, 06:10 PM   #7
geetarman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 18, 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,750
Go to a range that rents guns and try a 1911. Then try just about anything else.

I have striker fired Glocks and Springfield and hammer fired Sigs, Smith and Wessons and CZs.

They all shoot good but a 1911 is one of the real pleasures in life. JMB knew what he was doing.

They are great guns and a real pleasure to shoot.
__________________
Geetarman

Carpe Cerveza
geetarman is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 03:24 PM   #8
Iron Man
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 12, 2010
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 345
"Please excuse my ignorance. My straightforward question is
- What is exactly a 1911?"

You're killin' me, Smalls!!
Iron Man is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 04:22 PM   #9
g.willikers
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 28, 2008
Posts: 5,180
It could also be a Swiss bolt action military rifle, the M1911.
__________________
Lock the doors, they're coming in the windows.
g.willikers is offline  
Old October 9, 2012, 03:14 AM   #10
Smit
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 18, 2012
Posts: 335
Google exists for a reason. Look it up, and if you have more specific questions about it post again.
__________________
"Vegetarian, an old Indian word for bad hunter."
Smit is offline  
Old October 9, 2012, 08:43 AM   #11
MP9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 22, 2010
Posts: 116
??? ..

first try to learn what is google and how it could help you...

I dont know everything but with google you can learn many things or get an idea....
MP9 is offline  
Old October 9, 2012, 11:10 AM   #12
psyfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 27, 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 780
"...google you can learn many things or get an idea..."

And many of those things and ideas are fact.

Please get at least two other confirmations of your web-found "fact" before you bet much more than pocket change on it.

That said, you can get some good directions and some very well-vetted information on reliable venues like The Firing Line.

This is the best location for good and reliable information about firearms.

I'd search here (correction, I do search here) before a general search on the web for any firearm-related information.

I usually only seek one other confirmation for info I get off TFL .

In short, you've come to the right place.

Will
__________________
Show me the data
psyfly is offline  
Old October 9, 2012, 11:24 AM   #13
RickB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 1, 2000
Location: Western WA
Posts: 5,714
The problem is, "1911" is EXTREMELY in-exact, so there's no way to tell you exactly what it is.
It would be sort of like saying, "What exactly is a car?" I could tell you it's a motorized vehicle, but even some things that would normally be assumed, such as four wheels, two of which are driven by an internal combustion engine, etc., don't really apply, anymore.
"1911" has really come to mean a gun with a certain appearance, but nothing in particular can be assumed about materials, chambering, capacity, specifications, etc., based only on "1911".
The only two "1911s" about which there is anything exact are the M1911 and the M1911A1. You can find drawings with materials, dimensions, heat-treat specs, etc. Everything else is a crap-shoot.
RickB is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09050 seconds with 7 queries