We got another nice vintage gun for you today, have a World War 1 era 1911. This is actually a true 1911. This is the gun that started it all. This is not an A1; it has the nice flat, non-checkered back strap on it, with the lanyard loop, which is something you only see in the first generation 1911, of course.
One way you can also tell a standard 1911, from one of the A1’s it has the scalloped area on the frame, near the trigger. That’s another sign you can see. Also, it will say model of 1911, which is something they did away with in the A1.
Of course, on a 1911 you do have the manual safety on the left side of the frame. Up is safe, the slide won’t open, the gun won’t fire, down is fire and the guns ready to go. The gun also has an interceptor notch, if you wish you can have the safety off and a round in the chamber, drop the hammer, the interceptor notch will catch and you’re on half cock.
A lot of soldiers in World War II, Vietnam, as long as this gun’s been in service, a lot of soldiers will carry it, with a round in the chamber and the gun on half cock, with the safety off. That way when you draw it from your holster, all you have to do is cock it just like a single action, which would have been common for that day and fire.
So here we have the old beats new, we’ve got a Chip McCormick 10 round Power mag. Did you say that?
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That’s not bad, I mean for a World War I era 1911. You can’t complain to that accuracy.
So we can see that gun prints are a little low. Ray shot 10 shots into the Reverse Dillinger Target there, and that’ s definitely good enough for combat accuracy. I mean for the day that would have been an excellent self-defense pistol, wonderful combat accuracy. You can’t go wrong in a 1911 in any platform, a hundred years old or not.
All right so we have our World War I era 1911. We’re going to show a couple of close ups of the gun. A very classic gun, very copied gun throughout the world. You see a lot of the Tokoroa Pistols take on some of the lines of some of the Browning designs.
You look at the Browning High-Power which was basically an improvement — It was supposed to be an improvement of the 1911. Although, John Browning did not live long enough to finish the design, his apprentice did and that’s what we have is the Browning High-Power. It’s a wonderful gun.
You get the flat back strap, with the Landor loop on the back. That’s one of the signs you r an original 1911, that you can look for. Of course, you have the model of 1911 I’m sure you can see that there. You also have several proof marks that you can look for. You have the little colt pony on the back, which, of course, you are going to see many of the World War I and World War II era guns.
Of course all your pattern dates and everything on the side. You do have a couple of inspectors marks right here, the double A, is going to be common to see. Also, this mark back here, it’s probably difficult to see, that is going to be what would be a Korean War era inspector’s or otherwise, refurbishment mark, so this guns definitely seen some action.
Of course, you have your nine state property, listed right here on the left side of the frame. You have the bevels right here that you’re only going to get in the original 1911s. They’re just great guns. They have a lot of history, and it’s just a wonderful classic handgun that I think will never be replaced.
Although, you have Glocks and all kind of fancy polymer guns that find their way to the market. I’m sure they’re advancement we’ll make in gun technology over the years. I don’t thing the 1911 will every be replaced. It’s just one of those guns that’s just timeless and they’re just a wonderful combat handgun.
You know, to think of all the action that this thing has probably seen, it’s been all over the world. World War I, World War II, Korea, I mean thing could have been used in Vietnam. It’s very well possible. If this gun could talk, they’re no telling what it will tell us.