John M. Browning was a brilliant gun designer, and his genius was once again illustrated at the 2014 SHOT Show. Browning’s designs still show up everywhere—from modern versions of the 1873 Winchester rifle, to combat pistols and even an updated iteration of his “Humpback” Auto-5 shotgun.
Of all Browning’s creations, one stands out as the most enduring and the most successful—the 1911 semi-automatic pistol.
In a market dominated by high-tech polymer pistols, dozens of new 1911s are introduced every year; ranging in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. The emergence of new technology begs the question: Why has this 103-year-old design endured?
There’s no single answer why the 1911 endures the test of time—but superb design, accuracy and handling are good places to begin.
This year, we were introduced to several new 1911s of varying quality and price. No matter what type of 1911 you’re looking for, you could probably find exactly what you want at this year’s SHOT Show.
Check out our list of the best new 1911s for 2014.
- Browning’s basic .22 LR 1911 has been a big success, and this year our rimfire options are expanding with the new polymer-framed Black Label 1911-22 A1. Lightweight and durable, the Black Label is 85-percent as large as the full-size Model 1911. It’s also available with a rail for mounting accessories, and spending the day at the range with this gun and a box of .22 ammo would be loads of fun. Lightweight, low-recoiling and cheap to shoot, the new Black Label earns a position on our list of the best 1911s of 2014.