The Colt M1911, also know as the Colt Government model, is one of the most iconic handguns on the planet. The 1911 was designed by John Browning and first produced by Colt Manufacturing in Hartford, Connecticut. The United States Government was searching for an upgrade to the .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolvers it was issuing to soldiers at the time. The 1911 was a big improvement, giving shooters 7+1 rounds of .45 caliber bullets in a semi-automatic handgun. The rest is history. The 1911 went on to serve as the standard issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911-1985. The seventy four year service history makes the 1911 the longest running US Military sidearm, with the United States Government purchasing more than 2.7 million pistols. The 1911 was carried through World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.