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Springfield Armory and Browning have a rich tradition of creating quality firearms, and the 1911 pistol is no exception. One of John Browning's most famous designs, the 1911 pistol became a standard-issue firearm for the U.S. armed forces in 1911 and kept that title until 1985. The basic design of the gun hasn't changed much since its invention. Despite the presence of lighter and newer competition, the reliable handgun remains a fixture in competitive shooting. The 1911 pistol was adopted by the Army in 1911, – the Navy and Marine Corps made it their standard issue pistol in 1913. By the time the U.S. entered World War I just four years later, there had already been nearly 70,000 1911 pistols produced for the armed forces. Several subtle modifications were made to the original design in 1924, largely to make it easier to use for those with smaller hands. For instance, 1911 pistols were given a shorter trigger. Over the next decade a few more small changes were made, but the essence of the gun remained the same. During the World War II, nearly two million 1911 pistols were procured by the American government. Modified versions of the 1911 pistol are still used today by the U.S. military and various law enforcement agencies. You can also find civilian models of 1911 pistols from the biggest names in firearms manufacturing, such as Colt and Taurus.
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