Unless you are new to the realm of firearms, you’ve probably heard of and likely even fired a 1911 pistol. This .45 caliber pistol was patented by John Browning at the turn of the century as a recoil-operated autoloader mechanism, which has served as the model for pretty much every other centerfire autoloading pistol designed thereafter. If you own a 1911, then you understand just how comfortable this particular pistol is (to hold and to fire), and if not, we urge you to check out our 1911 gun parts online. We offer full-sized frames, jig kits, and end mills fixtures.

At War in the Philippines

Before the 1911 came to be, the sinking of the USS Maine in 1898 sparked the Spanish-American War, during which the United States backed the Cuban struggle for Independence from Spain. The war ended that same year with Spain and the US agreeing on the Treaty of Paris, which saw Spain surrender the Philippines, among other countries, to the United States. The Filipinos, however, were less than thrilled at the prospect of trading one hegemonic power for another, and revolts began in early 1899. By June, the First Philippine Republic had official declared war against the United States. The war itself was ended officially in 1902, but fighting in the Philippines continued until 1913, when the US forces defeated the remaining hostile populace. The Philippines wouldn’t see their independence until after World War II.

Answering Filipino Guerilla Warfare

When the United States forces occupied the Philippines, they did so with bolt-action rifles and .38 caliber revolvers. Unfortunately, the .38 proved to be sorely unsuited to combat against Filipino guerillas wielding kris knives. The .38 simply lacked the stopping power to take down an attacker, resulting in US soldiers being cut down after already landing a shot. The United States Army quickly realized the inadequacies of the .38 caliber round, returning .45 revolvers from the days of the American Indian Wars back to service in order to get the stopping power needed. These guns were woefully dated and often single-shot, which did some but little to improve the combat situation.

Obviously, something needed to happen, so the Army went about replacing the .38 revolver with a semi-automatic .45 caliber pistol. At the time, John Browning was already working on a semi-auto .38 pistol design for Colt and sized the design up to fit a .45 caliber round. After years of design and testing, the Model 1911, designed by Browning and produced by Colt, was officially selected as the official sidearm of the United States Armed Forces, which it served as until replaced in 1986 by the 9mm Beretta M9. Despite no longer being the official sidearm, however, the M1911 is still used in the United States Military, especially Army Special Forces, the Navy, and the Marine Corps.

The 1911 Performance

The original 1911 model was selected by a committee in, you guessed it, 1911, after going through significant testing, which saw each pistol submitted for evaluation fired 6000 times. After every 100 rounds, the gun would be allowed to cool, and after every 1000 rounds, it would be cleaned and oiled. Browning’s 1911 performed perfectly with no malfunctions, and it continues to boast the same reliability to this day as well as unmatched longevity and versatility.

The popularity of the 1911 only continues to grow as the years go on and more shooters worldwide discover its majesty. If you’re ready to start building your own 1911, shop for your frame right here at Thunder Tactical! Shop now, and use the holiday code VALENTINE for 15 percent off!

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