Thursday, January 26, 2006

An American Icon: Colt .45 Auto

John Moses Browning began designing and producing what is most likely his most famous masterpiece the Colt model 1911 in 1905.

This firearm designed to win a trial to replace the inadequate .38 Long Colt

Historical Information on Colt's model 1911 abounds on the internet and has been the subject of many books.

Colt's web site today is focused on military and law enforcement sales to the exclusion of law abiding citizens who are provided with a minisucle link to their civilian site.

Into this void have come numerous companies picking up the market neglected by Colt.

Names like the following are available to assuage the American's need for their Colt 1911 in .45acp; Smith & Wesson, Kimber, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, Sig Arms not to mention the myriad of inexpensive overseas copies ranging from $300 on up to and exceeding $2500.

In fact in reverse of the "wonder nine" trend of the 1980's where many flocked to purchase 9x19mm handguns that help up to 20 rounds in each double stack magazine, manufacturers are now creating their own .45acp pistols and even spawning new rounds and firearms.

Manufacturers like Springfield Armory and their XD series pistol, Sig Arms P220, Glock's Model 21 in .45 acp have taken advantage of those who like their .45acp round for its stopping power but would prefer a different package in which to deploy it.

While the military seemed to abandon the Colt 1911 and the .45acp cartridge in 1985 the U.S. Armed Forces various branches have quietly been creating their own solution, often rebuilding many times over fifty year old weapons and placing them in the hands of those that defend our freedom.

Add to this the Pentagon's call for a new .45 acp pistol to serve the needs of our defenders of freedom and John Moses Browning's brain child will be defending families and freedom well into the new millenia.

2 comments:

DirtCrashr said...

Good post!

roninaz said...

Thank you sir!