The Colt 1911 Pistol (Weapon)
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First used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard issue handgun in the US armed forces for nearly 80 years and has continued in service with some units to this day. In fact, the M1911 has seen a resurgence among US Special Operations units, as US Marine MARSOC and MEUSOC personnel are issued current generation 1911-type pistols.
In addition, the pistol has seen service with famous law enforcement agencies such as the Shanghai Municipal Police, LAPD Swat and Texas Rangers. Nearly a century after its introduction, the M1911 Pistol remains a popular design and is now produced by virtually every major firearms manufacturer doing business in the USA.
In this new volume, handgun expert Leroy Thompson sheds new light on the development, history and use of this revolutionary handgun, complete with specially-commissioned artwork depicting the firing process and cutaway profile of the gun, as well as its use in various theaters of war.
bad reputation among former US soldiers for inaccuracy, in fact the pistol is actually quite accurate. Many of the charges of inaccuracy can be traced to soldiers who had never fired a handgun before and were intimidated by the .45, or by military pistols that were very worn. Certainly, Government Model pistols that have been worked over to tighten them up for accuracy are among the most precise in the world. US Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps armorers became quite adept at working over
destroyed three German balloons, giving him 18 kills in 18 days. However, Luke was wounded and his SPAD aircraft was damaged, so he had to crash-land. Rather than surrender to the Germans who quickly surrounded the aircraft, Luke pulled out his 1911 and began firing at the Germans, reportedly wounding some at 50m before they returned fire, killing him. He was awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. On the very same day, September 29, 1918, Lt William B. Turner of the US 27th Division
attempted ambush of her vehicle. TUNNEL RATS: THE .45 IN VIETNAM The next major conflict in which the forces of the USA and its allies would use the M1911 in action was Vietnam. Allies were often issued US-made weapons such as the M1911, M1 or M2 carbine, and M1 Garand. The small stature of the South Vietnamese made it somewhat difficult for them to use the 1911. As a result, officers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) often tried to obtain Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolvers. On the
middle went down. I had jerked the trigger and was very lucky to have gotten a hit. I then moved back to the man on the left, held my breath and fired again. This round hit the man on the left in the chest and he went down. The last man realized what was happening and began firing his AK in my direction. I could see the bullets hitting the water in front of me as he brought the AK up. I fired my third round which hit the magazine of the AK, then glanced down striking him in the right leg. As he
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