By Jim Grant

Despite countless polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols flooding the market, the pistol that saw American soldiers through two World Wars—the 1911—continues to captivate shooters. Whether the reasons are aesthetic or pragmatic, the popularity of the 1911 shows no signs of slowing down. So it should come as no surprise that even more 1911-style pistols have been released in early 2016. Here are some of the finest new additions to the 1911 family of small arms.


Dan Wesson


Kimber America

Nighthawk Custom

Oriskany Arms


Rock Island Armory

Rock River Arms

Springfield Armory

Wilson Combat

Zenith Firearms

Bravo Company USA


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This article was published in the 2016 edition of the Complete Book of 1911s. For information on how to subscribe, please email or call 1-800-284-5668.

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