The Colt 1911 Pistol cover
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Further Reading

Product details

Published May 24 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781849084338
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 23 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 9
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Leroy Thompson

Leroy Thompson has trained military and police spe…

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Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazine…

Illustrator

Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

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