Black Colt M1911A1 with Wooden Handle, USA 1911
- Made of cast metal (zamak) and genuine hardwood
- Can be cocked and dry fired like the original
- Non-firing replica. Legal and licence free in most countries
- Excellent for theather and film productions
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Description of the Product
The Colt M1911 is a single-action self-loading pistol designed by John Browning. It was selected as the U.S. Armed Forces service pistol .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) caliber in 1911 under the designation Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911. In 1924, an improved version of the weapon, the M1911A1, was manufactured and remained in service in the United States until 1985. This is a replica of the 1924 improved M1911A1 model, but the differences from the previous model are very small, so the pistol also passes as the previous 1911 model in video projects, etc. where the details of the weapon are not examined in close-ups.
Many veterans and gun collectors consider the Colt M1911 to be the ancestor of all modern pistols and the most awesome self-loading pistol ever made. In all fairness, it has to be admitted that there is something to it, because this pistol has so much history behind it. When it was developed in the early 20th century, more than 100 years ago, it was well ahead of its time. Today, there are very few weapons that old still in active use, that have changed in the tremendously rapid technological developments of the last hundred years.
The original purpose of the U.S. military was to find an affordable, reliable, and durable pistol, and find it they did, after all the pistol was an army service pistol for 74 years and experienced both World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and active use still continues. In the Gulf War, the pistol was still somewhat widely used and even today the M1911A1 is still in use by some special forces and navy, although it is no longer the official service pistol for the entire army. The weapon can be found in use e.g. by the SWAT team in Los Angeles, the FBI Hostage Task Force, the Delta Force, etc. Elsewhere in the world, the M1911A1 is still a service pistol around the globe in several countries, from Turkey to Thailand and Lithuania and Bolivia to Greece. The pistol is still popular on the civilian side as a defensive weapon and is used in precision shooting competitions. On the civilian side, this pistol has been sold under the name Colt Government.
Even before World War I, more than a million of these pistols had been manufactured, and during World War II, the U.S. military purchased 1.9 million more for distribution to all forces on both the European and Pacific fronts. In addition to their own troops, the M1911A1 pistols also ended up with the Allies, of course, and British commandos, for example, used this pistol in World War II. The M1911A1 pistol has been manufactured in the US as well as in Norway and Argentina (in addition to pirated copies) and manufacturing continues today.
In Finland, Colt M1911 was used in the 1918 Civil War by both the Whites and the Reds. Russia had bought these pistols and they were also distributed to the military in Finland during the First World War. During the interwar period and during the Winter War and the Continuation War, these pistols were somewhat in use by private individuals and the White Guard, and the small amount owned by the military was distributed to the home front.
The Colt M1911A1 magazine holds 7 .45 ACP cartridges and, like most pistols, is effective at distances of less than 50m.
This pistol has been seen in films since the 1920s, whether the film involved soldiers, assassins, gangsters or police officers. Giving examples feels almost pointless, as the M1911A1 makes an appearance on the screen in almost any film imaginable, be it Desperado, Black Hawk Down, Big Lebowski, Terminator, Training Day or Hellboy. Of course, for TV series, the situation is the same and the gun has appeared in Miami Vice, X-Files, Stranger Things as well as CSI and Breaking Bad.
Note! the manufacturer has two versions available: a simpler and more complex replica of the same pistol. This piece is the more complex and a bit more expensive, version. In appearance, the models are the same, but this more complex version has more moving parts and functionality.
The weapon can be cocked by pulling the slide or turning the hammer by hand and dry-fired by pulling the trigger. The magazine comes off, the safety works, the slide can be locked back and the gun can be disassembled.
Decorative cartridge for 9mm pistol or submachinegun (#52) is compatible with this pistol. The decorative cartridge can be loaded to the clip and even loaded to the barrel (where it will however slide off through the barrel).
- This gun is an exact replica of the original. The replica matches the original in size and weight, and some of the mechanisms of the weapon are working. Due to the materials used, the mechanisms cannot withstand continuous cocking and firing for long periods.
- Genuine wood and cast metal have been used to make this replica weapon. Zamac differs from steel in many respects, so the structure of the gun does not withstand pressure, it cannot be used to fire cartridges, nor can it be converted to a functional weapon by any means.
- Replica guns such as this do not require permits in Finland, nor in many other countries. However, since the gun looks real, it should not be carried in public.
- A replica gun is perfect for historical re-enactment, on a theater stage, in film productions, for collectors of historical memorabilia, and as decoration.
- Length: 24 cm
- Weight: 920g
- Manufacturer: Denix, Spain
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