MGC Colt M1911A1 .45ACP PFC (US Army model) overview

01.08.06

MGC Colt M1911A1 .45ACP PFC overview
US Army model

History of M1911A1

Nearly 100-years old M1911 pistol remains to this day one of the most respected combat pistols ever devised and is still in production at various companies having underwent only minor changes during the years. Colt 1911 pistol was formally adopted by US Army on 1911 and improved version M1911A1, based on World War I war experience, was introduced on 1926. M1911A1 version brought revised grip safety, shortened trigger and revised grip contour among other changes. The M1911 used .45ACP cartridge that was consideres as powerful one-shot "man stopper" and pistol of such power had been requested by US military after their experiences with insufficient .38 caliber ammunition against determined Philippinean insurgents. Ordnance Board headed by John T. Thompson, concluded that a .45 caliber (11.4 mm) semi-automatic weapon would be most appropriate, and took bids from six firearms manufacturing companies in 1906. In order to meet the Ordnance Board's requirements, the Colt 1911 was designed to fire a .45 caliber (11.4 mm), 230 grain (15 g) bullet at approximately 800 feet per second (240 m/s), which is an relatively slow muzzle velocity. 1911 was clear winner among the six candidates for its record-breaking durability and reliability under evaluation.

Colt M1911 made its combat debut in World War I, but it would have to wait until World War II before making its name for good. During World War II Remington-Rand, the Union Switch & Signal Company, Ithaca Gun Company, Springfield Armory, High Standard Manufacturing Company and Flannery Bolt Company were all involved in manufacture of 1,877,069 M1911A1 pistols for US military and its allies. Interestingly at the same time and at the opposite side Germans were manufacturing M1911A1s at captured factory in Norway.

The advent of World War II also meant further changes for the M1911A1 pistol. Among these was altering the finish from the common shiny blue-black to a dull gray, in the process called "Parkerization." which was designed to give the pistol a nonreflective matte surface. Wartime M1911A1s also sported checkered plastic grips instead of molded rubber.

Combat use

Among allied troops M1911A1 was regarded as extremely reliable pistol with great stopping power. It could be dropped to mud and it would still fire. M1911A1 was somewhat difficult to shoot accurately without proper training and its recoil tended to be intimidating for inexperienced pistol shooter. In the end it was arguably the best combat pistol allied forces possessed due to its lethal combination of powerful ammunition, semiautomatic firing capability and extreme reliability. A number of Marine aviators, given the option, chose the .45-caliber Colt over the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson "Victory" revolver. Elite US Army Rangers also utilized M1911A1 as their trusted sidearm.

Model gun MGC M1911A1

Caliber: .45ACP CP-HW cartridge
Lenght: 218mm
Weight-unloaded: 720g
Magazine capacity: 7+1
Powder: MG cap 7mm BLK
Firing mode: Semiautomatic
Materials: Heavy weight plastic & zinc alloy etc.

Real M1911A1

Caliber: .45ACP (11.43mm)
Lenght: 218mm
Weight-unloaded: 1,100g
Magazine capacity: 7+1
Firing mode: Semiautomatic

MGC M1911A1 represents one of the best M1911A1 plug fire cartridge model guns in the market. It is well-made, reliable and affordable. The details of this model are excellent all across and it can be field stripped just like the real gun. Real size heavy-weight MGC.45ACP plug fire cartridges are impressive and certainly give deep impression of the stopping power the real ones have when compared to tiny 9mm Parabellum ones.

MGC M1911A1 disassembly process

MGC .45ACP Plug Fire Cartridge

Close up photos of the gun markings

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