July 2000

Clones Take On Colt’s Stainless 1911: Subtle, But Significant Improvement

Colt’s $610 stainless 1991A1 is still a good working tool, but it finishes behind two “clones” from Kimber and Springfield that continue to refine and improve the .45 ACP niche.

[IMGCAP(1)] For many of us, the first contact we had with firearms was the 1911 .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) that our fathers brought home from World War II and Korea. Since then, this pistol has been both celebrated and maligned, depending on the shooter’s viewpoint. For one, the quality of its function is directly linked to the quality of its components and the careful assembly thereof. The 1911 pistol is capable of both reliability and superb accuracy because it has relatively few moving parts. Why then did it lose out on the U.S. military contract and for a time all but disappear from holsters of self defense–minded civilians? Politics, both domestic and international, played a part,...

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