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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849084338
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Series: Weapon , #9
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Leroy Thompson trained and advised military and police special operations units around the world focusing especially on the tactical use of firearms. He has previously had 38 books published and more recent titles include The Hostage Rescue Manual, The Counterinsurgency Manual and Secret Techniques of the Elite Forces. He has also had various firearms books published including Great Combat Handguns. He has also appeared as an weapons expert on documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic and the BBC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Development 7

A Heavy-Caliber Automatic

Use 25

The 1911 Goes to War

Impact 60

The Ultimate manstopper

Select Bibliography 79

Index 80

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