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4 Reasons 1911 Pistols Make the Best Competition Firearms

Posted by Team Armscor on Jun 15, 2017


In shooting competitions, every split-second counts. There's not much leeway for errors. Shots need to be on target while still completing the course of fire quickly and safely. It's a lot to juggle. The JJ Racazas and Athena Lees of the world got their competition skills through hours of practice, determination and patience.

However, it also helps to have a great pistol platform at your side. The 1911 handgun not only fits the bill for competition shooting, but it also sets the standard for competition pistols.

What makes the 1911 a great competition pistol?

Steel Frame

Quick, on-target follow-up shots are key in competitive shooting. Guns with greater degrees of recoil make accomplishing that task harder. However, the steel frame of 1911 handguns add more weight, which helps manage recoil.

Good Triggers

Having a good trigger is another pivotal area in competition shooting. The 1911 platform has earned a reputation for having a good trigger. While many hardcore competitors have custom work done on their competition guns, a 1911 out of the box will likely have a good-feeling trigger.

Strong Aftermarket

While the platform dates back to the early 1900s, it's quite customizable, with a rich supply of aftermarket options. Grip panels and sights can be changed out relatively easily. There are different types of barrels, beavertails, mainspring housings and guide rod lengths to consider. Threaded barrels open up options for muzzle devices, and magazine attachments allow for quicker mags swaps.

It's anything you need to make your 1911 the ultimate competition tool you can find. It's one reason why many competitors use it as their competition pistol of choice.


Most competitions require the shooter to start off with the shooter's gun safety activated. The 1911 has a couple of safety features - the thumb safety and grip safety. The grip safety allows for quick deactivation on the draw, and thumb safeties can be small or oversized for easier access.

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Topics: Competition, 1911