How exactly does a 1911 work? To fully answer that question, one used to have to get a set of punches, a hammer, a set of gunsmithing screwdrivers, a parts list, a 1911 of course, and a couple of hours of time. However, animation takes this one step further, and Jacob O’Neal (the artist behind the Silencerco animagraphic) has created one of the most thorough pieces of gun-related informative animation I’ve yet seen.
In fact, it’s ten separate animations, covering the function of the major subsystems both as a whole and individually. The function of feeding, ejection, cycling, locking, and the fire control are covered in their own separate GIFs.
The biggest issue with these GIFs is the ammunition render – it’s a nondescript “cartridge” with a sort of odd extractor groove shape. However, an aide to understanding how the 1911 works, I cannot find anything wrong with them.