The brainchild of John Browning, the Model of 1911 is the most widely copied handgun design in firearms history. Today virtually every major firearms manufacturer offers a version of it. Colt, however, is the only manufacturer to produce the 1911 continuously since its adoption by the US Army on March 29, 1911.
The Colt 1911 saw service in World War 1, World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam. Specialized units of our military continued to use the 1911 in Operation Desert Storm and even today it is seeing action in the hands of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 1911 celebrates 100 years of continued production and service.
We take you to the Colt factory in West Hartford, CT and follow the manufacturing process of the 1911. Among the modern machinery and manufacturing processes you'll also see the same machines that have been in service for the past 80 years. You'll also see many of the assembly and fitting steps still carried out by hand, just as they were when the 1911 first went into production.