June 2002

A Balky Trio: 1911 Pistols Chambered for .40 S&W

Whether you spend $430 for the Armscor FS, $812 for a Springfield 1911A1, or $1,024 for an STI Trojan, your .40 S&W single stack will likely need an extra visit to the factory.

First manufactured in 1907, a John Browning-designed pistol was forever christened the “1911” when it was chosen in that same year to be the sidearm of the American armed forces. Another name for the unit that sports a 5-inch .45 ACP-chambered barrel is the Government model. Since then the 1911 has also been available in 9mm Parabellum, but with much less popularity. Said simply, the mating of the 1911 and .45 ACP was perfect. The big nose of the .45-caliber bullet slides forgivingly when feeding from a wide-mouthed chamber set in a narrow frame and slide. Fully loaded, the heavy bullets counterbalance the mass of the big steel pistol and the slide. Also, not being asked by this lower-pressure round to move terribly fast, the slide is able to cycle with glove-like precision.

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