The M1911 pistol origins go back to the late 1890s, resulting from the need to replace a variety of revolvers in service at the time with a reliable self-loading pistol. This single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered in .45 ACP was subsequently designed by John Browning. It went on to serve as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985 with over 2.7 million built. Widely copied by nearly every firearms manufacturer in the world, this style and operating system became the preeminent handgun type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols. Used by 28 countries and in every war since World War I, there are now millions more in use by civilians, with many variants, calibers, and modifications in circulation. The M1911 has truly become the defining handgun of the modern age, and has nothing short of a cult following among enthusiasts world-wide.

As American as apple pie and an iconic piece of our firearms history, 1911-type pistols are favored by many for personal defense, target shooting, and competitive sports. Available in calibers ranging from .22LR to the proprietary .50 GI (Guncrafter Industries) round, tactical, target and compact models abound in popularity for their reliability, simplicity, ease of maintenance, and patriotic appeal. At the low-end, $400 will get you a basic imported pistol, and at the high-end, be prepared to drop in the neighborhood of $4,000 or more.

How can Metro Pawn & Gun help?

Metro Pawn & Gun carries a full range of firearms, including M1911-type pistols. With over 150 manufacturers that have or currently produce these types of guns, there is a rather robust selection on the market. We love seeing these come through the shop, and can also procure certain models for those who are interested. Whether you are looking for a piece of history or a new pistol for self-defense, the venerable 1911 will always have your back. For over 110 years, millions of soldiers and civilians would acknowledge this sentiment.

Not in the market to buy? If you need to sell or pawn any type of 1911 pistol, bring it to us and we will make a fair cash offer. The process is quick and easy, and our employees are eager to help in any way that they can.

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