1. Indeed. A 9mm is just a 45 ACP set on stun.

      To be fair, bullet and ammo performance are much improved from the past. There are those who have legitimate issues with recoil, and for them 9mm is one possible solution.

      1. agreed. and a 45 ACP is just a 10mm set on stun.
        assuming you have no issues with recoil, Ruger makes a 1911 in 10mm

    1. Yeah, Eighter; but these are eeevil HANDGUNS, so you have to endure double-secret probation.

    2. Don’t get me started. Pro tip: If you’re looking for a shooter 1911 and have a C&R, try a DGFM Sistema Colt. Argentina made 1911s under license. You can get a good one for around $700.

  1. “The pricing is expected to start at about $1,000 per pistol with the better grades “priced accordingly.”


    I carried a 1911 many times on guard duty – the thought of buying one of those beat up old pistols just doesn’t get me excited. I might be interested in one as a range pistol for somewhere under $500. For over a grand, I could buy a much better new pistol in whatever caliber I want.

  2. I am glad to see these past on to the public because the government destroying them would be a major, sinful, crime. I have a nice modern Colt Defender in .45 and love shooting it but I don’t have the kind of money it will take to purchase one of the old worn out historical pieces.

    I did the same thing with the German P-38 and Lugers which I always wanted but when the prices were reasonable and I had the money there was always another gun that was saying “buy me” and I knew I could come back later for the old German pistols. Now with hindsight they would have been good investments and I do have a handful of WWI era bolt actions that seem to be going up in value. For folks who have the money, these old 1911’s will probably be good investment pieces and should appreciate in value during the next few decades.

    1. Which is probably the best reason to buy one. I treat Garands that way – the day CMP runs dry, the price will double.

      The First Rule of the C&R Holder used to be to buy one or two of EVERYTHING while they were being imported. The instant the supply runs dry, the price goes up.

  3. Certainly, I love the 45 ACP quite a bit and have one (not a 1911 though, which are good but I think there are better options, at least for me).

    What is with the hate on 9mm though? It is a great round as well (I have one of them too). It has different advantages and disadvantages, but that is why it makes sense to own both or at least to have as options for different people.

    Why does, “I like this” have to morph into “everything else sucks”? It is not an attitude that makes any sense to me.

  4. The 1911s I encountered as a young sailor in the early 1970s were very rough. I’m sure that people will want them as a piece of history, but they’re not going to find anything resembling a high quality pistol at a bargain price. Remember that one of the reasons the US military went to the 9mm Beretta was that the existing stock of 1911s were worn out. These worn out old pistols are the same ones that people are now going crazy over. If you want a good shooter there are plenty of excellent 1911 style pistols on the market at the under $1000 price point.

    I carried a Springfield MilSpec 1911 as a duty pistol for several years. Unfortunately old age and arthritis has caught up with me and I just can’t handle the weight or recoil of a full size 1911. So I’m carrying an XD9 with three mags on my belt – if you can’t hit them hard, hit them (hopefully) a lot. I like the XDs grip safety and as long as I can qualify with the pistol I’ll stay on the job.

  5. I schlepped one sn: X-3910 for quite a while. I’mna thinking WWI production or near enough. Pretty sure CMP wouldn’t do a serial number search on the off chance it never made it to the breakers. Be the only one I’d be interested in acquiring.

  6. Then again, when Granddad and Great-granddad came home from the World Wars and needed a handgun, they usually went out and bought a S&W or Colt revolver.
    The plethora of super accurate 1911s with the sweet triggers we have today* was more the work of Col. Cooper in the post war years.
    Of course, compared to a rattly and worn issue 1911a1, a S&W M27, M19, or a Colt Python would be quite attractive.

    *and the general popularity of semi-auto service pistols

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