Rock island 1911 pistol review by gun experts – the gun zone tgas advisors company profile


The M1911 has been through two World Wars and countless smaller wars. It has seen more action than just about any other service pistol in existence. What’s more, most modern, semi-automatic pistols owe their roots to the M1911 and its designer, John Browning.

In 1895, John Browning invented a gas operated pistol that used the hot gasses from a discharged cartridge to rack the slide and reload the chamber of the pistol, which is a concept used in many semi-automatic and automatic rifles, nowadays. He also came up with a simple trigger mechanism that would stop the pistol from reloading a round and immediately firing again. This first pistol, though, was simply a prototype.

After the prototype was completed, Browning developed a pistol with blow-back action, then one with recoil action that would become the Colt Model 1900. After the Model 1900, Browning reached the conclusion that a recoil operated pistol with a simple breach locking mechanism would work best for high powered pistol calibers. The US Army tried it out, but they had several grievances with the pistol.

So, Colt and Browning went back to the drawing board and addressed them. The 1902 Colt Military Model featured a slide stop that enabled one-handed reloading and cocking. But it was still .38 caliber, and the Army wanted something a little bigger. The Rise of the Colt .45 …

So, Browning worked with Colt to create the .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) round and a new Model 1905 pistol in that caliber. The Army began to take notice, and when it tested the round in 1905 and 1907, decided that it wanted an automatic .45 pistol.

The Army held an open competition and invited companies to impress it. And a number of competitors, including Luger, showed up. Browning and Colt, meanwhile, kept perfecting their automatic pistol, adding a grip safety and adding a barrel bushing to the slide so it couldn’t inadvertently fly back into the shooter’s face.

Colt decided to take it on its own to produce and market the Colt Commander for civilian use and made it available in 9mm, .45 ACP, and .38 Super. They manufactured it with an aluminum alloy frame, in order to make it light. And, in 1970, they began to make a steel version dubbed the “Combat Commander.”

The length of the original barrel was 5″ rather than 4.25″. The capacity of the original magazine was seven rounds, rather than eight, and it didn’t have a plastic grip on the bottom. The finish was blued rather than parkerized, and the grips were checkered, rather than smooth.

Other than that, the pistol seems to be relatively faithful to the looks of the original while being based on the 70 series design of, one would assume, the pistol released by Colt. And with the shorter barrel length, it’s closer to the Colt Commander.

It seems to be a decent .45 ACP pistol. As stated, it has a 4.25 inch barrel, which makes it easy to wear on your hip if you have to get in and out of a car all day, like a law enforcement officer. It holds 8 rounds in the magazine, so it holds one more round than the standard 1911.