Photo of Colt 1991 Government 1911 .45 ACP pistol in blued finish with double diamond rosewood grips

The 1991 Series is about as close as you can get to the original Colt 1911 A1. The exterior of the pistol is nearly identical to the original. The tang of the grip safety is slightly more extended to prevent "hammer bite", but the amount of extension is barely noticeable.

The solid trigger is longer than on the original, and also longer than most current 1911 triggers, and is meant for the user who prefers a longer trigger pull.

Another exception is the sights. The rear sight is a partridge type, which provides a bit more precise sight picture than the original GI sights.

With these exceptions, the 1991 is a clone of the 1911A1. Compare the 1911 above to a well-worn 1911A1 from World War Two:

Photo of World Ware II vintage 1911 pistol


This Colt 1991 is finished in a deep blue, and comes with rich double-diamond checkered rosewood grips. It's an outstanding pistol in every respect.


  • Aluminum trigger
  • Single action
  • Fixed sights
  • .45 ACP
  • 7 + 1 round capacity
  • Beveled magazine well
  • Standard thumb safety and service style grip safety

Name: Colt 1991 Government, model 1991
Frame material: Carbon steel
Frame finish: Blue
Barrel length 5"
Overall length 81⁄2”
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7 + 1
Hammer: Spur
Trigger: Aluminum
Action: Single
Front: White dot
Rear: White dot
Grips Double diamond rosewood
Grip safety: Standard
Thumb safety: Standard

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Colt 1991 Government Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Danny, Portsmouth, NH
December 18, 2013

Purpose: Defense/Law Enforcement

"I carried my 1991A1 80 series in law enforcement for 6 years, qualifying 1 or 2 times a year plus special training off duty practice and never had a problem. I still keep it close at hand. It still hits where you point it. I wouldn't sell it for a $1000 cash,"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By James, Plano, TX
June 14, 2013

Purpose: Target Shooting

"I have a 43 year association with the 1911. The new production Colts are some of the best 1911s Colt has ever produced. I have a 1976 Government Model, and I bought a new Government Model today. Laid side by side they are identical (except for the few "character marks" the older Colt carries. Fit and finish is above average on the new Government model, when compared to other comparable 1911s in the price range. Seems like a keeper to me."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By lasickjr33, Chicago, IL
May 29, 2012

Purpose: Target Shooting

"I am a vienam vet, I ALSO WAS A PMI AT PARIS ISLAND SOUTH carolina. I carried a colt all the time I was in Danang and till this day remember what a good weapon the colt is. You never go wrong with the best..
Curly U.S.M.C. Sgt.1st Marines Vietnam 69/71
Tunnel Rats 1st Maries."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By Bogart, Arlington, VA
May 10, 2011

Primary Use: Target Shooting

"Two weeks ago I found one of these that was used, but was in like new condition. Talk about accurate! I never owned a Colt before. Now I understand what all the fuss is about"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Josh, Columbus, OH
October 20, 2011

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"It's the most accurate gun I have. I love my Colt and all I buy is Colt. Now have 3 of them. Thanks, Colt."

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