What is the Best Ammo for 1911?

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Developed by legendary gunsmith John M Browning, the 1911 handgun is undeniably one of the top firearms of the 20th century. Despite the fact that it recently passed the centennial mark, the 1911's popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

The original 1911 held seven rounds of 45 ACP ammo in its detachable single stack magazine. Since that time, eight round ammunition magazines for 45 ACP have become commonplace, and 1911s have been chambered in a number of other ammo types, including 38 super, 9 mm, 40 Smith & Wesson, and 22 long rifle. Also, a number of manufacturers have produced 1911 handguns with frames modified for double stack magazines. These magazines hold anywhere from 13 to 20 rounds of ammo, depending on the caliber used.

The 1911, and slightly modified versions known as the 1911 A1, were used by the US military from 1911 to 1985, when it was replaced by the Beretta 92 FS, or M9. Most 1911 type handguns in US military inventory were manufactured by Colt, but when the need for pistols was urgent during World War II, other companies manufactured the 1911, including the Singer sewing machine company, Union Switch and Signal, and National Postal Meter.

Renowned as being one of the best and most accurate pistol designs ever manufactured, the 1911 is extremely popular among competition shooters. While other pistols sometimes when national championships in the single stack competitions, top shooters almost always choose the 1911. It has also been used by military special operations units as recently as 2005, and remains one of the top handgun choices for civilians and law enforcement officers.

While some 1911 type pistols have a reputation as being picky with ammo, the best and most reliable ammo for a 1911 is often new factory full metal jacket, or FMJ, ammunition.

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What's Your Favorite Ammo For a 1911?

Maecy Banguilan ( Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:19:19 +0000 ) : Fmj
Vic Fowler ( Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:45:57 +0000 ) : .45cal 230gr REM Golden Saber Compact for 3" Kimber
Peter Evanoff ( Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:15:11 +0000 ) : my hand loads
Mario Torres ( Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:54:25 +0000 ) : Hello / I Have a Colt 1911A1 goberment model made in 1944 Can someone advice me the best amo for this gun ! Thank You Glassemeraldsa@hotmail.com Thank You very very much
Gianni Vee ( Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:21:13 +0000 ) : I just bought some steel jacketed for my M1911 Armscorp, and the dealer said, it works in most but causes some trouble in others, if that happens i will go back to brass cartridge FMJs. Peace, let me know your experience if it is positive with steel cartridges.
Gianni Vee ( Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:24:45 +0000 ) : HI Mario, retired Army Major, but I was also a private and and NCO. The best is brass cartridge full metal jacket known as FMJ. Go to your local academy, and the guy selling guns in the back will point you to the right box of bullets. Have fun. Hope you and your lovely wife both get in to home protection using the .45 ACP. I don't know if you are aware, but you purchased the best handgun for home defense. The bullet doesn't necessarily kill, it can, but it will put anyone on the ground with one shot. The way the bullet was designed to allow US Army in the Philippinies to put down a drugged up Morowai tribesman on the Island of Mindanao. I am now married to a Morowai speaking filipina from Mindanao, professor of Languages, funny how life works out!! ha ha!
Gianni Vee ( Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:25:05 +0000 ) : Good answer Peter!
Wesley Tyler ( Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:54:59 +0000 ) : 230 gr Blazer Brass FMJ. Good bang for buck. If you have more money to spend: Winchester white box, Federal American Eagle or Remington
Allen Chanes ( Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:23:25 +0000 ) : Winchester 1911 45 Caliber Nickle Plated Flat Nose