Introduced in the early 1980s, the first-generation Glock 17 was a 9mm pistol designed to meet or exceed all the Austrian Army requirements. Simplicity, durability, and reliability; are words that best define what Glock is all about. Since then, Glock has designed many new products. By far, the most common chambering across all Glock models is the classic 9x19mm. It’s no surprise; the original Glock is a 9mm, and with over 35 years of experience…

Designed by John Moses Browning in cooperation with Colt’s technical staff, the Colt–Browning .45 Automatic Pistol was adopted by the United States Army in 1911, becoming the M1911. For more than a century, this handgun has served infantryman, lawman, outlaw, and law-abiding citizen. Despite its age, it’s still one of the most popular handguns in the United States, favored for its ergonomics, inherent accuracy, reliability, and trigger. Let’s take a look at the 11 best…

The 1911 is the most imitated pistol in the world. It is a versatile firearm that’s easy to shoot, can be upgraded without issue, and is capable of handling a significant amount of horsepower. Its classic design is truly reliable, and depending on your budget, you can choose between a wide range of options. Traditionally chambered for a .45 ACP cartridge, several models are geared toward a 9mm round. This offers a less powerful but…

Every gun owner enjoys having more magazines for their firearms, but experienced shooters will tell you that they’re not just nice to have. They are critical for any pistol’s reliability. Poor-quality, old, worn-out, and damaged magazines cause most malfunctions on the 1911 platform. Using high-quality magazines made by reputable manufacturers eliminates the risk of sustaining malfunctions such as failures to feed (FTF), failures to eject/extract (FTE), stovepipes, and more. Whether you’re looking to make your…

The 1911 is a storied pistol that has been one of the most popular firearms in the U.S. for several decades. Initially used in WWII, the 1911 has come a long way. Modern variants are exceptional performers, filling the role as accurate competition pistols as well as reliable self-defense weapons. The 1911 is most famously chambered in .45 ACP. However, there are several other varieties, with 9mm options becoming increasingly popular recently. Despite this, the…

Regardless of the type of firearm that you choose to carry, the holster is one of the most important accessories you can buy as a gun owner. A good holster allows you to safely and securely carry your firearm, provides reasonable access when you need it, and is comfortable enough to wear for all-day carry. Since the 1911 platform is highly versatile, pistols are available in numerous configurations for various applications. The best 1911 holster…

One of the most straightforward modifications you can do to your 1911 pistol is changing the grips. The grips are a set of 2 panels screwed in place into the frame. All that is needed to remove them is an appropriate screwdriver, usually a flathead or Torx head. Changing the grips is generally done to modify the handgun’s ergonomics. Many different materials exist in various textures and features, such as thumb grooves, wrap-around grips, and…

There are many firearm sighting systems: Iron sights, red-dot sights, scopes, optical devices, and many more. Many of these sighting devices can be installed on your 1911 pistol, giving you the ability to enhance your handgun’s capabilities in different areas, depending on the intended purpose. For example, a 1911 intended for home-defense could benefit from night sights, whereas a red-dot sight is an excellent tool for fast-paced competition shooting. The best 1911 sights for any…

A frequently-seen upgrade on 1911 pistols is the flared or extended magazine well, called a magwell. These modifications typically add a funnel, which is a cone-shaped part protruding from the bottom of the firearm’s frame, enlarging the magazine well opening. The funnel is angled and flared to guide the shooter’s hand during a reload. Flared magazine wells allow shooters to reload their guns more quickly and confidently, reducing the risk of fumbling or bumping the…

As good as Glocks are out of the factory, they are not perfect for everyone. Fortunately, there is a broad range of aftermarket parts and options compatible with Glocks. If you dislike a stock part on your pistol, you can usually buy an aftermarket part to replace it and make it perfect for you. One of the most commonly replaced stock parts is the trigger. While most would agree it’s usable, the stock trigger is…