Issue 05 Preview – Kicking Tires on a 1911 Pistol Shinnosuke Tanaka Join the Conversation And Mike Searson Know What to Look For When Buying Used The 1911 pistol has been around for more than 100 years and is still one of the most popular pistols in the shooting world. Since its introduction, many variants of this handgun have come to market. Post-World War I experience brought a few updates to the platform that ultimately refined the pistol to what you see today: the model 1911A1. Most on the market today fall into the 1911A1 category. Because there are actually several variations with different designations, manufacturers and enthusiasts alike generally call the basic design “1911,” when not calling out a particular model, and so will we in this article. Competitive shooters praise the 1911 for its accuracy, its wide range of accessories, and the legion of talented gunsmiths who can make this great gun better. Some collectors specialize in 1911 pistols and seek out rare wartime variants with government proof marks and military property markings. That being said, this gun isn’t limited to the pure enthusiast; there are plenty of new or casual shooters who enjoy the 1911. Regardless of where you stack up in that mix, you probably want to buy one without breaking the bank. For the rest of this article, subscribe digitally here: RECOIL Issue 5 Explore RECOILweb:Dead Air Armament Goes LiveShoot for ValueCanada Bans Assault-Style WeaponsMagpul now offering offset MBUS Sights NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.