The Amazing History of 1911 Pistol | Firearms of America

The Amazing History of 1911 Pistol | Firearms of America

The Amazing History of 1911 Pistol | Firearms of America

Welcome to Firearms of America! Today, let’s dive into a history, the history of one of my favorite guns of all time, the pistol that is often regarded with statements as “world’s most respected handgun,” “the finest service pistol design of all time,” and brought into life by a person, known as “the greatest firearms inventor the world has ever known,” John Moses Browning and his 1911 Pistol. This is the Amazing History of 1911 Pistol.

Unlike many other firearms that were designed throughout the history, simply as result of technological progress, invention of new systems, certain discoveries that helped shape and perfect modern firearms as we know them, 1911 pistol was born out of a dire need in the midst of combat.

At that time, in the late 1800s, US troops were armed with .30 caliber Krag or Springfield bolt action rifles. They also had the .38 caliber double-action revolvers. While their rifles had sufficient stopping power, you just could not say the same thing about their revolvers. This was especially apparent during the Moro Rebellion, the armed conflict between the Moro people and the US military during the Philipines-American War. In fact, the dire need for more stopping power, prompted the US military to REVERT, yes revert back to the decade older 19th century M1873 single action Colt revolver caliber .45. This heavier bullet proved to be much more effective in battle, however, the M1873 just did not meet the requirements in the rate of fire aspect.

It was crystal clear. US military needed a new handgun, with a higher rate of power AND with the stopping power of .45.

This was the task that only one man could accomplish, the man named John Moses Browning. In the 1890s, when the work began to fulfill the needs of the US military, John Browning was only in his 30s, and yet he was already an accomplished firearms designer. Young John was only 13 years old when he made his first firearm in his father’s gun shop. At the age of just 24, John was awarded his first firearm patent, on October 7, of 1879. The first patent, out of total 128 that will become.

This was only a year after John Browning co-founded with his younger brother Matthew, the John Moses and Matthew Sandefur Browning Company, later renamed in a WORLD known Browning Arms Company.

John Browning also worked for Colt, known as Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC, founded in 1855 by Samuel Colt. It is during that time, John designed a semiautomatic pistol, which was presented to the world as a Colt M1900.

Meanwhile, not satisfied with the results of the pistol round effectiveness tests of 1904, Colonel John T Thompson declared that the new pistols “should not be of less than .45 caliber” and hoped to have them as semi-automatic in operation.

And so in 1906, six firearms manufacturers were picked for further testing, Colt, Bergmann, Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (known as DWM), Savage Arms Company and a few others. Of the six designs that were presented for testing, early stage eliminated half and left only three options, from Colt, Savage Arms and DWM, all chambered in the new .45 ACP (or Automatic Colt Pistol, designed by… yet again, John Moses Browning himself in 1904).
All three of the remaining designs showed some issues, but it was only Colt and Savage that resubmitted improved designs for consideration. And so, another round of series of field tests took place between the years of 1907 and 1911, to pick the winner between Colt and Savage.

At the end of 1910, the Colt test was attended by the creator himself, John Browning. Six thousand rounds were fired from a SINGLE pistol in the course of only two days. And when the gun was getting too hot to handle, it was simply submersed into water to cool it down. The test was intense! And yet, Colt passed without a single malfunction, all while the Savage had 37.

Following the success of the test, the M1911 was formally adopted on March 29, 1911. M1911 was in combat in both the First and the Second World Wars, in Korean War, Vietnam War and is still in service with some military units. In 1924, M1911 evolved into the M1911A1.

There were about 2.7 million 1911 pistols used by the US military in the service life of the 1911. And even after it was replaced in 1986 by 9mm Beretta M9 as a standard sidearm pistol, it still remains in service in many different configurations from many different manufacturers, for both the military and civilian use all around the world, all thanks to John Moses Browning.

Today, you can buy a 1911 from manufacturers like Ruger, Kimber, Sig Sauer, Colt, Remington, Springfield, STI, Ed Brown, Rock Island, Wilson Combat, Dan Wesson and of course, from Browning… In calibers like 357 Sig, .40 S&W, 22LR, 9mm and of course 45 ACP amongst many other options to suit your needs.

Thank you for watching this 1911 gun history.


  1. Kelvin Nguyen on December 30, 2022 at 12:43 am


  2. Ernie Walden on December 30, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Wouldnt sale my ruger 1911 for anything. Unless i could get 2. LOL.

  3. Charles Ferdinand on December 30, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I fired M1911s while serving in the Mexican Army (hunting down cartel members and guerilla fighters mostly) and still own two (in Mexico only members of the military are allowed to own guns of any caliber while civilians are restricted to calibers of 9mm and lower) and I definitely love them much more than those new plastic Glocks 😣

  4. Ash Tzy on December 30, 2022 at 12:46 am

    I love how this gun is made for us(Moros) and now this is our favorite gun

  5. SHOTGUNNER on December 30, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I will forever carry my 1911. I stake my life and my families life on it everyday. 🤠

  6. Larry Brewer on December 30, 2022 at 12:49 am

    the Beretta is a boat anchor comparied to the 1911 i carried both in combat and i prefer the 1911 for its stopping power and trigger

  7. Kamerad on December 30, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Firearms of America presentation narrated by a ….. random person with an European accent! Awesome!

  8. Nicholas Cauton on December 30, 2022 at 12:50 am

    This is probably my favorite pistol of all time. While I’m not exactly a gun-owner, I have fired guns before. And I’ve fired an AR-15, A Glock 17, and of course, an M1911. In my opinion, the M1911 has a charm that no other gun has. So much so that I decided to start writing a fictional novel that somewhat prominently features this gun as a trademark sidearm for the main character.

    In the context of the Philippine Moro rebellion of 1899, the character in question is of Filipino descent though talks very much like a North American accented English speaker. Much like me who is of Filipino descent. The reason why I chose the character to rock an M1911 isn’t necessarily because of my love of the weapon but because of my love of historical irony. Said character is highly reminiscent of The Punisher from Marvel comics, Mad Max, and Batman among other fictional characters.

  9. Scott Walker on December 30, 2022 at 12:51 am

    My first ever handgun from expansion2 on wickr satisfied so far.

  10. Señor Chill on December 30, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Would love to get the 1911 as my first pistol. But mostly want a Colt, because why not get one from the original makers.Though since I never owned pistols will go smaller. I know they make 1911s in 9mm but firing one without a .45 just doesn’t feel right.

  11. Jorge Ruiz on December 30, 2022 at 12:54 am

    yeap i got both… i am a melenial and my 3 1911 are the most beatifull thing i got in my safe!!!!!

  12. Rubix films on December 30, 2022 at 12:55 am

    John browning is the father of firearms. I’m glad that I own a 1911. It’s a stainless steel Springfield armory A-1. My favorite pistol in my collection. My crown jewel.

  13. Eli on December 30, 2022 at 12:58 am

    What a cool mf.

  14. Chris Fournier on December 30, 2022 at 1:00 am

    A time honoured design that is hard to comprehend but easy to admire! One of the finest examples of industrial design ever.

  15. ydroman11 on December 30, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Good video

  16. Janira Jaques S Jaques on December 30, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Momento após exemplo

  17. Joram Poblete on December 30, 2022 at 1:04 am

    This is true.! That is why we Filipino’s love 1911 so much! because it is made especially for us! Ha ha ha.!

  18. DrewG on December 30, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Excellent presentation of History. Thank you.

  19. Y T Ben Avraham on December 30, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Going to sell my last Glock pistol. I carry 1911 cooked and locked. I carry Bul Armory 1911. Going to buy another 1911

  20. MrJohannes1947 on December 30, 2022 at 1:06 am

    JMB: the most succesful American waepon designer ever!!

  21. I started a joke !!!!! on December 30, 2022 at 1:07 am

    100th comment… my 1911

  22. Dede on December 30, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Sensacional.. Very good to know! And i got one 1911 myself.
    Thank you Mr Browning

  23. Ethin White on December 30, 2022 at 1:13 am

    My grandpa handed down his colt to me when I turned 18. And I love it. His dad handed it down to him. And I plan to hand it down to my son when I have one.

  24. RUMRIPPER on December 30, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Got mine yesterday. It’s a beautiful thing.

  25. Louise Kenway on December 30, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Also Revelation 19:11 is a badass bible verse

  26. Brian Fitzpatrick on December 30, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil……. cause I carry a 1911

  27. Brad Kiewiet on December 30, 2022 at 1:17 am

    I love shooting my 1911 it’s just plain fun and i love how easy it is to take apart and clean

  28. Alspheratic Packet on December 30, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Back at it with my m1911 fascination addiction

  29. TBM on December 30, 2022 at 1:18 am


  30. trackie1957 on December 30, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Then there’s another lovely Browning – the “Baby Browning” .25 ACP pistol made by FN. just a sweet little pistol, and anyone who wants to suggest a .25 isn’t adequate for basic defense, I suggest they stand at mugging range (3-15 ft) and see how 2-3 rounds in the mid section make you feel about continuing an attack. Just because there are bigger, more powerful cartridges around doesn’t make the .25 less effective.

  31. Cam Mando on December 30, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I love how a design from 1911 is still being made and sold 110 years after it passed its tests.

  32. Carl Carlton on December 30, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Maybe this is the appropriate place to ask for M1911 production numbers? From 1911 to April 1917 and afterwards. A search came up with circa 130k and 370k guns made.

  33. Akilez New England on December 30, 2022 at 1:26 am

    The 45 Caliber was invented to kill the Charging Filipino Muslim Moro in Mindanao.

  34. Hitman Monaghan on December 30, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Agent 47, Punisher, and Tommy Monaghan carries them for a reason.

  35. Katrina Anon on December 30, 2022 at 1:28 am

    TOO MANY COMMERCIALS. You will need a lot if time to watch this video because of the commercials. Do Not Subscribe.

  36. Player Babi on December 30, 2022 at 1:28 am

    I carry a 1911 and proud of it

  37. MADANI IBRAHIM on December 30, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Great invention but wasn’t enough to invade Mindanao. timeless gun

  38. Luke snare on December 30, 2022 at 1:30 am

    The 1911 is the most sought after handgun in the world and is still even used by the army today. John Browning was an absolute genius and would make the prototypes with files.

  39. Ivann Garcia Villegas : on December 30, 2022 at 1:30 am

    It’s so good even the moros use it now

  40. Vilde Von Kriegman on December 30, 2022 at 1:31 am

    U.s.a needed a new semi automatic handgun because american soldiers are dying steadily during ph-u.s.a war. The unconquered part of the world Mindanao, Philippines.

  41. A. Avelino on December 30, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I finally picked one up yesterday and it’s beautiful.

  42. Dr MitoFit on December 30, 2022 at 1:35 am

    John Moses Browning’s personal 1910 didn’t have a thumb safety. 5:13 So those who say it should be carried the way John Moses Browning intended with a loaded chamber, cocked and locked are full of it! The 1911 patent 5:35 does not include the thumb safety either. I carry empty chamber with a full magazine, the way John Moses Browning intended!

  43. Dr MitoFit on December 30, 2022 at 1:37 am

    JMB striker fired pistol 2:47

  44. Míssil Peludo on December 30, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Amazing text!

  45. Jake Johnson 🇺🇸 on December 30, 2022 at 1:38 am

    We own an FB Vis Random (Its a 9×19 mm version of the 1911.) that my great grandpa found on a dead Nazi soldier. These are two of my favorite world war 2 pistols. It’s an iconic design. I kind of find it funny that the Polish 9x19mm 1911 was so good the Germans ended up using it instead of using the FB Random factory they captured to make their own guns.

  46. Dandin Kulong on December 30, 2022 at 1:39 am

    We have a 5 collection of 1911 45 from this era of war they get this 45 in the war of US Moro war.

  47. Clyde Arlow on December 30, 2022 at 1:39 am

    I’ve seen 9mm bullets bounce of a windshield

  48. Scott Murphy on December 30, 2022 at 1:40 am

    I had a second cousin, COL Walter K. Bennett, who spent his entire Army career in the 82 ABD. The first pistol I ever learned to fire was his 1911. It was quite an eye opener, after being use to shooting nothing by BB guns and .22 rimfire. When he passed away in 1984 he passed it on to me. I don’t know how many rounds he put through it before he passed away, but I know I have put well over 5000 since then. In all that time I have had maybe 3 stovepipes and it was the ammunition not the weapon. I wanted to take it with me to Desert Storm but was told that although we could take personal weapons with us to augment our issue weapons, we would not be able to bring them back. Well that shot that idea to hell. There was no way on God’s green earth I was leaving it behind.

  49. DemocratsPartyofsatan on December 30, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Love my Dan Wesson TCP in 45. 1911 sexiest pistol ever made

  50. Philippines is number 1 on December 30, 2022 at 1:42 am

    When your country’s rebels are so good the American had to make one of the most iconic gun to beat you qith your hardened bandages