The M1911 Colt Government pistol (so named because it was the standard sidearm of the US Armed Forces for over seventy years) is a single-action, semi-automatic, recoil-operated firearm designed by John Browning—the magisterial Mormon pioneer of the automatic weapon, whose collaborations with the Winchester, Colt, and Remington companies launched the weapons industry into a world of self-loading physical spectacles every bit as marvelous, and revolutionary, as the steam engine. Not only did he create the first reliable and compact autoloading pistols, he also designed the first gas-operated machine gun (called the “potato digger”), and the first semi-automatic shotgun, the Browning Auto-5. That said, the Colt Government is by far the most famous of his inventions. The US developed around 2.7 million M1911 pistols during its service life. Some modified versions of the M1911 are still in use today by certain units in the Navy and Special Forces.
The M1911 is the best-known gun to use the principle of short recoil in its basic design. Recoil operation means that the motion of a certain portion of the firearm is responsible for extracting, ejecting, and chambering the next round. In recoil-operated weapons, the recoil from a shot sets these parts of the firearm in motion, while inertia holds the rest of the firearm in place. A spring absorbs the recoil energy, expanding to provide energy for the rest of the operating cycle. Short recoil operation has the barrel and bolt recoil together for a short distance, before separating. The barrel stops, as the bolt continues rearward, compressing the recoil spring, then completing the extraction and feeding processes.
The M1911 is classed as a semi-automatic weapon, which means that it is self-loading. Sir Hiram Maxim, an American born British inventor, invented the first semi-automatic weapon, the Maxim Gun, in 1883. The Maxim gun employed one of the first recoil-operated firing systems, which led it its ability to fire up to 600 rounds of ammunition per minute. But the Maxim gun was a large, awkward, bulky machine gun that required a team of four to six people to operate. The M1911, developed 28 years later was sleek, easy to use, and eminently portable.
At Sarco Inc., we have the 1911 Colt Parts you need to build your own Government sidearm, or maintenance your weapon. From extractors to ejectors, from sears to barrels to recoil springs, Sarco stocks every piece of the 1911. We even have kits, which include every piece needed to build your own 1911 from scratch. There are no fasteners of any type in the 1911 design, excepting the grip screws, as the main components of 1911 are held in place by the recoil spring. The pistol can be stripped by retracting the slide, removing the slide stop, and removing the barrel.
Sarco, Inc. is your stop 1911 Colt parts. We began life on the gun show circuit, and have since expanded into arguably the largest dealer in surplus war material in the country. With three generations of Steens in the mix, Sarco continues its focus on rare original firearms parts, while expanding into complete firearms, commercial firearms, accessories, militaria, and re-enactment accouterments. Check out our inventory online or give us a call today. Currently, we manage our sales through three avenues: the web, phone, and our showroom. Located at 50 Hilton St, in Easton, PA, our 7,000 square foot showroom stocks over 2,000 firearms—products ranging from original militaria to new commercial tactical accessories. We provide retail and wholesale products on both the domestic and international levels. Contact us today at (610) 250-3961 to get started with your Sarco Inc. experience.