The fascinating history of single action weaponry
Gun enthusiasts would be hard-pressed to seriously discuss the history of firearms without mentioning the single action trigger. A single action weapon gets its name from the singular action that discharges the bullet from the weapon, in which the pulling of the trigger releases the hammer of the gun.
Taking another shot requires the shooter to cock the hammer back again manually.
This was the default mechanism until the middle of the 19th century, when the double action trigger was invented, allowing the hammer to cock itself back.
However, both single action pistols and rifles remained in common usage by civilians and soldiers alike for over half a century afterward.
Notable examples include the Colt M1911 pistol, given as standard issue by the United States to its troops in World War I, and the Mauser C96, which was used by the German army in that conflict.
The first single action pistol ever made
The Colt M1911 pistol is considered the first single action automatic pistol made in the United States. It began manufacture shortly after its predecessors, the Colt 1851 Navy Revolver and Colt Army Model 1860, fell out of use in the late 1800s. The M1911 is famously known as the “revolver that won the West,” for its use by gang members and law enforcement alike.
The M1911 still bears some common characteristics with a revolver, including the cylinder that gave the revolvers their name. However, its short recoil operation set it apart from the Colt Army Model 1860 and other revolvers. As a result, despite being preceded by other generations of Colt weapons with single action triggers, the M1911 earned the title of being the first single action automatic pistol.
As a result of the gun’s several innovative features, the M1911 pistol was adopted by the United States government for both military and law enforcement use. This quickly led to the pistol’s nickname as the “Government’s Gun.”
Where it can be found
Licensed individuals seeking a single action automatic pistol for sale are likely to find both modern and antique varieties of the Colt M1911 for sale at competitive prices from authorized vendors.
Older models of this weapon do not feature a safety to be switched on or off. Therefore, if purchasing these older models, greater caution must be exercised in its use. Please consult your vendor about the proper use of these firearms.
The Colt M1911 boasts a history of more than a hundred years, and it continues to be improved and innovated upon to this day. Whether you are a history buff, a gun collector, or both, the M1911 is a classic weapon and a great addition to any collection. Find yours today and hold a piece of history in your hands.