Greatest Pistol Ever Stopped Attackers Cold. That greatest pistol ever, of course, being the Browning 1911. Excerpt:
The history of the M1911 begins in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, when U.S. soldiers and Marines found themselves locked in fierce combat with the Moro, a knife-wielding native insurgency that combined religious zeal and potent drug use.
Much of the fighting was close-quarters battle and the hopped-up Moros took round after round from U.S. .38-caliber pistols while they continued to hack away at Americans.
If anything positive came from the bloody 15-year guerrilla war, it was the realization that the U.S. military needed a better pistol.
A look back at an older weapon pointed the way to a solution. In desperation, the Army had issued Colt Model 1873 .45-caliber revolvers—dating back to the Plains Indian Wars—to soldiers fighting the Moros.
The heavier round began to turn the tide. It often took just one well-placed shot from the .45-caliber pistol to kill a Moro.
Yr. obdt. can only agree with the gist of this article; the Browning 1911 is probably the best martial sidearm ever made. The safe here contains one, not a Colt but a Rock Island Armory 1911, which is basically a Series 70 Colt in WW2-era 1911A1 style. It’s a no-frills, very basic military-type sidearm which has the advantages of being powerful, reasonably accurate and very, very reliable.
But what’s not mentioned in this article is that the 1911 was just one of many near-immortal firearms designs to spring from the fertile mind of John Moses Browning. Walk into any gun shop anywhere in the United States and you will, without a doubt, encounter several firearms in the racks that are Browning designs.
That’s not a bad record for a man who passed away in 1926. The DaVinci of firearms’ designs will certainly be in constant use a hundred years after his death.