The goal of this page is to assist in the identification of guns that resemble the classic M1911. Many of our more experienced users can quickly spot a Colt Commander vs a Colt MK IV Series 80, for the rest of us, this is a way to see all 1911 style guns on one page. If a gun could be identified as a "1911" by the average movie goer, it fits the criteria to be on this page (even if it is not part of the M1911 pistol series).
The 'Military' section contains all 1911's that are built to military specifications. These will not likely contain modifications to the pistol, such as sights, hammers, or slide serrations. The pistols in this area are the 'vanilla' of 1911's.
The 'Government Model' section contains pistols that were designed to be similar to the original M1911A1 style, but with adjustments to the internals of the pistol. These were produced by Colt for the general public who wanted a M1911A1 style pistol. The Government Model and the Series 70 are almost identical to the M1911A1, but starting with the Series 80, the longer trigger and straight backstrap were introduced.
The 'Modern' section contains today's 1911's. These are built along the original 1911 layout, but not specifically to the military specifications. These pistols include modifications such as sights, triggers, hammers, beavertails, and rails. This section only includes 1911's with a barrel length of 5" or more.
The 'Commander' section contains all the 1911's with a barrel length of 4"-4.25".
The 'Officer's' section contains all 1911's with a barrel length of 3.25"-3.5".
The 'sub-compact' section contains all 1911's with a barrel shorter than 3".