Kicking off the list is the classic Colt 1911. When most people think of .45, they think of the Colt 1911. This beauty is an American classic, used by the United States armed forces from 1911-1985. Designed by John Browning and manufactured by Colt, the 1911 was a welcome replacement to the .38 caliber revolvers used by the military in the early 1900s. US soldiers went on to carry the 1911 into two World Wars as well as Korea and Vietnam. The 1911 has grown to be an American icon and there is still a huge cult following for the gun. But they aren’t just ancient relics of the past. The 1911 is still a solid option for a fighting pistol if you don’t mind the size, weight and limited capacity.