The 1911 has been around for 100 plus years at this point. The 1911 is an all metal handgun that is completely overweight by today’s standards. She holds 7+1 or in modern magazines 8+1. So roughly half of what a modern .45 ACP carries. A gun ought to retire after a while and yet Browning’s design continues to impress. So why is that?

Why the 1911 still rocks...In My Opinion
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It comes down to a multitude of factors, but John Browning understood how to design a gun that pointed well, felt good, shot good and was reliable. The 1911 is often imitated but seldom exceeded. In the following section we’re going to take a moment to talk about what makes this gun a winner even to this day.


“The trigger on this gun feels just like a 1911 / 1911-like” is an often repeated adage in the gun industry, and for good reason. The trigger on a 1911 is phenomenal. A good trigger makes shooting tight, fast groups significantly easier. The trigger on a 1911 feels light, breaks extremely clean and has a short reset. When you compare the trigger on a 1911 to other modern combat pistols you’ll be surprised at how much we’ve regressed. Very little compares to a good 1911 trigger.

Grip Angle

The grip angle on the 1911 feels natural, and for me leads to less stress on my wrist when shooting during long periods of time. Modern handguns have moved to a more canted / aggressive grip to help control recoil, however I’ve found that comfort aids me much more in tight, fast groups than it does in an aggressive grip angle (looking at you Glock)