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During the M-1911 Pistols Home Survey, run in June and July 1997, it was shown that a lot of people would like to see ammunition information, in these Pages.However, this is not easy for me, as I live in a country which is too far away from where most ammunition is produced. Very few brands are imported regularlyin Greece, and the cost of ammunition is really high (about 30 US$ for a box of 50 230gr FMJs).
As a result, it is not easy to collect data and informationabout ammunition. Also, the 1911 has been chambered in so many cartridges during its life, that it requires a separate site, to list information about everycartridge that this pistol can fire. As a result, in the following paragraphs, you will find some general ammo notions, as well as some (by far not all) cartridgesavailable, in the most widely used caliber in the 1911 world, the .45 ACP.
Enough said. Let's see what I've found for ammo.
First of all, some basicterminology. In the picture on the left, (1) is the primer, which is hit by the firing pin, when one pulls the trigger. The primer produces a flame, which ignitesthe powder (2), inside the cartridge shell (3). The burning powder produces huge amount of expanding gazes, which push the bullet (4), away from the cartridgeshell, down the barrel and towards the target.
There are several different types of these components. For example, there are at least two different kind ofprimers (small and large pistol primers), several hundrend different kinds of powder, and several kinds of bullet design. Here are some of the most well known.
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