Welcome to M1911.ORG, the M1911 Pistols Organization. An on-line reference on the M-1911 pistol, first created in 1994, as a service to Internet community, interested in this fine firearm.
Today, M1911.ORG consists of three sites, The M1911.ORG Home Page, (which you are viewing now), The M1911.ORG Forums Site and The M1911.ORG E-zine. You may access all our sites, from our main web page located athttp://www.m1911.org. These sites together are the Home of all M-1911 Pistols.
The M1911.ORG servers are located in U.S.A.. Please note however that I live in Athens, Greece, which means that questions like "Which is the cheapest price for an XYZ M-1911?" cannot be answered. I just do not have street market info.
This document is a guideline written to facilitate your visit to this site.
The M-1911 Pistols Home Page is arranged in "folders", which can be thought of, like file folders and which can be accessed by selecting the appropriate item from the menu at left. Some folders may contain more than one "sections" (like for example the "M-1911 Models" folder, which contains sections for each M-1911 manufacturer).
A short description of each folder is shown below. You may access each folder either by clicking on its link in this page, or by clicking on the appropriate link, at the Menu, at the left column of every page.
I hope that you enjoy your visit.
|Introductory Page||After you come to our "welcome" page, and get in the site by clicking on the pistol, you see our main operating environment. On the left side, you will see our menu, from where you select the areas of the site you want to visit. In the main area, you can read the latest site and market news. On the right, you can see the banners of our sponsors, these companies which help M1911.ORG stay alive. Happy navigating!|
|Site Index||This is the document you are reading now.|
|History||This describes the history of the Colt Model 1911 type of pistols, their origins and their evolution through the years.|
|J.M.Browning||A folder dedicated to this fine man and gunsmith, who was the father of the old workhorse.|
|Parts Diagram||This folder offers an exploded view of the Colt M-1911 pistols, plus a thorough description of the various parts which form the gun.|
|Operation||This is an in-depth description of the operation of the M-1911 pistol. Various design details are explained and shown.|
|Disassembly||This is a step-by-step instruction guide to disassembling the Model 1911 pistols. The page has about 30 pictures, so it might be slow to load if you are on a slow link.|
|M-1911 Models||This is the largest collection of Model 1911 pistols, found on the Web. It contains a lot of pictures of different M-1911 pistols, manufactured by more than 35 manufacturers or gunsmiths. The folder is indexed by manufacturer, and each section includes lots of fingernail pictures, through which you can download larger pictures. As with all folders which contain chapters, selecting this folder from the main menu, will show you the latest additions to this folder, in the main screen frame, in the center of your screen.|
|Parts||This folder offers information about a variety of parts manufactured for this type of pistols. Although it is updated regularly, it will never be complete, due to the enormous number of parts available, and my limited free time. However, it contains a lot of items of interest to the M-1911 enthusiast. More than 50 part manufacturers are included, with their products.|
|Holsters||The M-1911 has been accessorized more than any other firearm in the world. More than 35 holster manufacturers are listed here, who offer models for the M-1911 pistol. A wide selection by any measure.|
|Grips||An easy way to customize the looks of your pistol, is to change the grips. More than 15 grip manufacturers, are listed here for your information.|
|Opticals||The M-1911 has been used in competition more than any other pistol. As a result, there are several optical sights which can fit this pistol, actually more than 12 are listed here.|
|Services||Here you will find gunsmiths, companies which can plate your pistol in whatever color combination you want etc.|
|.45ACP ammo||This is a folder with information about ammunition for your M-1911, in .45 ACP to start with. Living in a country where guns are considered to be evil, and were very few brands of ammo are imported, it is not always easy to have a personal opinion about ammunition. As a result, information contained here, is mostly what is provided by the ammo manufacturer.|
|Collector's Info||This folder contains some intitial information for those interested in collecting M-1911-type pistols. This site does not pretend to be a collector's reference, there are other resources which serve that role more appropriately, but some initial information is provided here. Additional links to sites more specialized in this domain, are also provided in this section.|
|Useful Addresses||This is an index of manufacturers of pistols, parts and accessories, for the old workhorse, together with accessing information, like address, telephone, FAX number. Please note that I no longer update this list. Instead, a separate searchable file is maintained, with this information. Read below to find out how you can directly find a company's address, whenever you see its name.|
|Technical Issues||This folder contains technical information, like a guidelines on selecting the proper recoil spring for your M-1911 etc. This folder usually features the opinions of well-known gunsmiths, like Bill Wilson and Alan Tillman, who were kind enough to contribute their knowledge.|
|Product Tests||This is where you can read about products send to me by their manufacturers to evaluate. These tests are not scientific, they represent my personal opinion about the items I receive. Being human, my opinion can be different than yours! Products tested include firearms (1911s only), holsters, grips, other items of interest, as well as our new section on Airsoft pistols.|
|Literature||A section in which you can find books written for this magnificent pistol.|
|Web Links||Each Web site is incomplete without a section of interesting, related links. From here, the viewer can link to other gun-related pages, on the Web.|
|Our Community||Do you have questions related to the M-1911 pistols? Then join our The M-1911 Pistols Forums Site, and fire your questions at one of the bigger pools of knowledge on this topic.Or you may subscribe to Our Mailing List! and post your questions, there.|
|Who Makes What||A cross-reference table in which you can find who makes the part that you want. Use it to find all the barrel manufacturers or all the spare parts manufacturers for your pistol.|
|Search Engine||This is the M-1911 Pistols Home Page Search Engine. It allows you to search this site and locate quickly the files that contain the keywords that you ask for. This is a new feature, added in July 1998, and this counter shows how many people have visited already.|
|Wearables etc.||The M-1911 Pistols Home Page is happy to offer you some products, that you can purchase, to proudly show which is your favorite firearm. The maintainer of this site does not make any money out if it, he just feels happy when you go to the range wearing those items. These items are of highest quality, so please give them a thought.|
|About your host||This is a folder with some info about your host, the maintainer of this Page. A nice section on your host 's "Dream Items" is also included here.|
Some notes to facilitate your visit.
||This image is used whenever you are entering an area with large graphics, which can take some time to download. It's just a warning for those on slow internet links.|
||This is the "Address Request" sign. Wherever you see it, next to a company's name, you may click on it to find this company's contact details. The company's details will appear in a new browser window.||
||This is the "Forum Request" sign. This sign appears in the "M-1911 Models" folder, next to some companies names. Wherever you see it, you may click on it to see the corresponding discussions forum, from M1911.ORG Forums Site, where this company's pistols are discussed. The Forum will open in a new browser window.|
Here are some more things you can find in this site.
|Support||If you are interested in supporting these pages, please click here.|
|Guns in Greece||If you want to learn my opinion about guns, gun laws in Greece, the disciplines of shooting as a competition etc, you can go to my Guns & Shooting Page.|
|You can send me e-mail messages to .|
|Ham Radio||You can go to SV1CEC's Home Page, for information on Ham Radio, some Fun Staff etc.|
|Greece||Well, this is a Page I've put together, for the country I was born in, I live at and I love. Check it out, it has some very interesting links.|
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