Originally Posted by Olympus
Gotta disagree with this. The 1911 design has evolved over the years. Minor changes do not mean the gun is still not a 1911. By your reasoning, any 1911 with a Series 80 safety mechanism would not be considered a 1911. Colt most certainly included!
You can make the case that any design change from the original M1911 configuration. This includes ambi safeties, beavertail safeties, FLGRs, picitinny rails, bobtail frames, etc, etc. You can't ignore other changes and only focus on the extractor as the one thing that disqualifies a gun as being a 1911. Mechanically and functionally, internal and external style make no change to the operation of the gun. Now the Series 80 safety does alter the mechanics of the gun. That's a much more significant change to the gun than an external extractor.
The external extractor is so European. (Read: Frog)
Subtle changes yes, but to scar the fine lines of the M1918/M1911A1 is blasphemous!
crying in baseball and there are NO
external extractors on 1911's.