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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:01AM

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This week, we are going to take a look at the Colt Model 1911 and how well it is built. Let us first learn a bit of history on the 1911. It was the product of a very capable person, named John Moses Browning, father of several modern firearms.

The pistol was designed to comply with the requirements of the U.S. Army, which, during its campaign against the Moros in Philippines, had seen its trusty .38-caliber revolver to be incapable of stopping the enemy. An ordnance board headed by Col. John T. Thompson — inventor of the Thompson sub-machine-gun — and Col. Louis A. La Garde, had reached the conclusion that the army needed a .45-caliber cartridge, to provide adequate stopping power.

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