WWII Weapons in Combat!
M1911 Colt .45 Pistol
American Handgun used in WWII
Officers, non-coms, and certain enlisted
specialists carry a Colt .45 pistol.
Both Hanley and Saunders carry a Colt 45 handgun throughout Combat! (except
where the script requires them to be without it).
The standard side-arm of American soldiers from the early 1900s through Desert Storm,
the Colt 45 (M1911 / M1911A1) is still the handgun choice of many soldiers. The effective
range is about 50 yards. They are typically semi-automatics with a seven-round magazine
plus one in the chamber.
Where to find Colt 1911 equipment:
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Books about the Colt M-1911:
The Government Models
Authoritative source on the development of the world's most popular military pistol.
Includes an illustrated description and analysis of all the variations, including rare
factory models. A beautiful color section shows a wide selection of Colt M1911s. One
hundred and ten pages of complete factory shipping records allow individual pistols to be
researched by serial number! These records include all martial and thousands of commercial
big frame Colt autos through the last Transition Government Model of 1924. A must for
every enthusiast of Colts and military firearms.
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
Paperback, 334 pages
From the publishers of Gun Digest® comes a comprehensive book on the most popular pistol
in the world, the Model 1911. This complete guide to the Model 1911 covers maintenance,
improvements and accessories to maximize the performance of this famous gun. Top
semi-custom guns are tested and evaluated as this book compares each model and variation.
The author also includes repair tips and information on buying a used 1911.
The Colt U.S. General Officers' Pistol
Hardcover: 199 pages
Unique weapons, issued as a badge of rank to general officers in the
U.S. Army from WWII onward. Includes tables documenting serial numbers and dates of issue.
Guide to the Service Handguns
paperback: 320 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 10.12 x 8.08
Each gun is discussed in detail with photos, test fire results, and specification
Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols: Models of 1911 and 1911a1: From 1911 to the End of
Production in 1945: Complete Military Identification
by Charles W. Clawson
List Price $29.95