Despite its detractors, the 1911 continues to solider on in the shooting world. Millions have been made in recent years and looking at the introduction of various models and new chamberings, its not likely the platform is going away. Further, its found new life within the competition shooting community. Its single stage trigger is almost impossible to beat in a handgun and now available with double-stack magazines, the platform is synonymous with professional shooters.
That said, its always fun to look at where the 1911 came from. Hickok45 somehow managed to wrangle in a set of the pistols, one in the original as-adopted 1911 form and the 1911A1 that served well through World War II and beyond.
The primary changes between the two are often difficult to spot. The base 1911 was changed only slightly. The trigger was shortened, finger reliefs were added by the trigger, an enlarged mainspring housing, and a slightly extended grip safety were the most obvious. From there, its the wider front sight, changed checkering, and a slightly smaller hammer spur rounded out the changes.
While shooting, the differences are almost unnoticeable, especially for someone with large bear paws like Hickok. However, those with smaller hands appreciate the changes, especially the shorter trigger.
Enjoy Hickok putting rounds through the nostalgic platform and if you are like me, be mesmerized by his history lessons.