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?

Nancy Humphrey-Bragg ( Tue, 07 May 2013 05:31:10 +0000 ) : tulammo
Nancy Humphrey-Bragg ( Tue, 07 May 2013 05:33:34 +0000 ) : it may be cheap and not reloadable but it hold a better pattern than anything else ive tried includeing fiocchi.
Robert Joseph Ward ( Sat, 07 Sep 2013 03:52:27 +0000 ) : Federal HST+p 230 gr. Corbon DPX +p 185gr.
Andriee Slaluu Trcakitie ( Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:33:46 +0000 ) : very good.....................
Lynn Arlyanti ( Sun, 06 Oct 2013 16:40:14 +0000 ) : Met Malem Mas Andriee..!!!
Dion Freeman ( Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:57:37 +0000 ) : for ANY .45 My first choice is Federal HST standard pressure 230. Then Winchester Ranger T 230 I carry that in my XDs 45
John S. Rockefeller ( Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:44:52 +0000 ) : WINCHESTER RANGER .230
Mark Kingsbury ( Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:34:40 +0000 ) : I have problems using my 1911 with its ammo.I think I have the wrong ammo.
Corey Gray ( Tue, 22 Dec 2015 02:12:52 +0000 ) : The 1911 has never been taken out of duty since it's adoption by the armed forces. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps have been using original and modified 1911A1s for various purposes. I know of a Green Beret who used a 1911, and MARSOC and Force Recon Marines have been using Gunny smithed versions and are currently using them. MARSOC has a build sheet for the 1911 and it's been labeled the MARSOC 1911A1. King's was a parts supplier for it, before it went down recently. Colt now makes the official 1911A1 MK45 or M45. Other manufacturers auch as Springfield Armory and custom smiths have been producing custom builds that mirror the M45 1911A1 and now make a Marine Combat 1911A1. Not to mention Springfield Armory has made the Professional which is a premium contract for various federal agency response teams. It never left service.
Richard Cecchetti ( Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:27:38 +0000 ) : My own cast 185 grain semi-wad cutters with 4.5 to 4.8 grains of bullseye! 2" groups at 50 ft. all day long is a nice feeling
John Andrews ( Fri, 04 Mar 2016 02:51:02 +0000 ) : Winchester