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Does it actually have to have the specific nomenclature designation of 1911? Does it simply have to have the main operating functions of the original 1911?

Do tell.

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To be a "1911";

I have more,

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Does it actually have to have the specific nomenclature designation of 1911? Does it simply have to have the main operating functions of the original 1911?

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In other words it has to look like this...

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In other words it has to look like this...
So no commander or officer or whatever they call the shorter barrel versions?
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Depends on how specific you want to be.

A 1911 would be the model of automatic pistol that Colt began manufacturing in 1911, designed by John Browning mostly by 1909. The 1911A1 featured a few changes in mainspring housing, grip safety, thumb safety, trigger and hammer spur.

Key features would be the detatchable barrel bushing, swinging link, single action trigger, grip safety, and additional thumb safety. The entire pistol as originally designed could be disassembled using only the parts of the pistol itself.

Fast forward and things have changed. Some manufacturers have utilized external extractors, done away with barrel bushings, made full length guide rods, ambidextrous safeties, beavertail grip safeties, dovetailed sights, extended and flared mag wells, etc, etc...

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So no commander or officer or whatever they call the shorter barrel versions?
Even if Colt, they are only a copy of John Moses Browning's original M1911.
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To be a "1911";

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So for you it has to meet the precise specifications and measurements of the original 1911? So if someone mods their original 1911 to alter any of these specifications it would no lonher be considered a 1911? What if a manufacturer did it?
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Damn Cane...that's a museum quality piece, yours?

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So for you it has to meet the precise specifications and measurements of the original 1911? So if someone mods their original 1911 to alter any of these specifications it would no lonher be considered a 1911? What if a manufacturer did it?
Again, there are technically differences between the 1911 and 1911A1
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