Adopted by the U.S. army in the years preceding the first world war, the powerful 1911 has evolved for nearly a century through many generations in military and civilian hands and the design is still going strong. The author has tested and analyzed both original models and popular modern varieties and provides a reasoned and informative investigation of their performance, ammunition, engineering and much more. He also offers valuable and incisive tips on the use of the 1911 in fighting situations. Robert Campbell served for over twenty years as a peace officer, and holds a degree in criminal justice. He is a writer in the firearms, police, and outdoor field and has published numerous articles in journals including Handguns, American Handgunner, SWAT Magazine, and Small Arms Review to name but a few. He also serves as a contributing editor at Women and Guns and is a contributing writer at Gun Week. 160pp.