The Best New 1911s for 2014

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.

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