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The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as the Soviet War in Afghanistan. The pistol's formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam War era. The U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U.S. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces and the U.S. Navy. Designed by John Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The pistol was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols. It is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as USPSA, IDPA, International Practical Shooting Confederation, and Bullseye shooting. Compact variants are popular civilian concealed carry weapons in the U.S. because of the design's relatively slim width and stopping power of the .45 ACP cartridge.
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Argentina Bangladesh: Rapid Action Battalion Brazil: The Brazilian Army uses a version of the M1911 developed by IMBEL chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum and designated M973. Bolivia Canada: In both World Wars, Canadian officers had the option of privately purchasing their own sidearm and the M1911/M1911A1 was a popular choice. The joint Canadian-US First Special Service Force (aka “The Devil's Brigade”) also used American infantry weapons, including the M1911A1. People's Republic of China: Norinco exports a clone of the M1911A1 for civilian purchase. The Chinese arms company also manufactured conversion kits to chamber the 7.62×25mm Tokarev round after the Korean War. Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic East Timor Egypt used by Unit 777 Ecuador Fiji France Known in French service as Pistolet automatique 11 mm 4 (C.45) (Automatic pistol 11.4mm (calibre .45)). Both M1911 and M1911A1 pistols were used. Georgia: Used by Police Special Forces. Greece Guatemala Haiti Indonesia Iran Liberia Lithuania: Lithuanian Armed Forces Luxembourg: In service with 1st Artillery Battalion 1963–1967. Malaysia: In service with Grup Gerak Khas special forces of the Malaysian Army Mexico Nicaragua North Korea: Local copies used by North Korean Special forces and Presidential Guard. Philippines Papua New Guinea Poland: Polish Armed Forces in the West used pistols during World War II. Republic of China (Taiwan) Spain South Korea: Made under license by S&T Daewoo and used by Republic of Korea Air Force as officers' sidearms. Thailand: Made under license. Known as the “Type 86” pistol. Turkey United Kingdom United States: Former standard-issue service pistol of the U.S. Armed forces. The pistol remains in service with various law enforcement agencies across the U.S, such as the FBI, along with some US Special Operations soldiers. Vietnam: Used both Crude copies chambered in 7.62×25mm Tokarev & Captured US M1911A1s in .45 ACP by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army during Vietnam War. Zimbabwe
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