Warning: A potentially dumb question that I've had for a couple weeks and finally got enough beer in me to ask. So I just got done reading an old book that was given to me about police handgun combat shooting from the 60's but my revised version included a chapter on semi-autos (my revised version was copyrighted in the very early 70's). The semi-autos included the "Colt government model" and the S&W 2 digit series (S&W's 1st gen semi-autos). The book never mentions the term or year 1911 anywhere. This got me thinking, when did the "Colt government series" become known to everyone as the 1911? Was it after the M9 was adopted, was it the military guys always calling it the 1911 and it just grew, or was it when multiple gun makers started making the 1911 and needed a name but couldn't use the name Colt government series so it was just referred to as the 1911? For those interested, the author did not have favorable views on then standard 1911 (think 1911A1). The author favored the S&W series for better sights, mag capacity, and the DA/SA firing mechanism. It made me realize there always has been and probably will always will be the 1911 vs other debate. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!