101 Uses for a Dead 1911. Well, One . . .

Gate latch at the Gunsite Academy. Any other suggestions? [h/t everydaynodaysoff.com]


  1. avatar davvehall says:

    Try doing that with a polymer frame!!The Org. 1911 is like a swiss army knife,You can even use it as a toothpick (not recommended).

  2. avatar Ben Shotzberger says:

    At Gunsite, in the bathrooms themselves, there are two pegs on the walls – one labelled “9mm” and the other “.45” You place your firearm, barrel first (not hanging by the trigger guard) onto the peg when doing your thing to avoid any drops / dunks.

    Just don’t forget your gun when you’re done – the instructors politely warn you that you’ll likely get it back detail-stripped some time later.

  3. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

    Aaarggh! It hurts me to see a GI .45 welded like that.

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    A dead 1911 makes a fine billy-club. Try THAT with a polymer pistol.

  5. avatar John Fritz says:

    This should’ve been entitled “101 Use for a Para Ordnance”.

    Gee Johnnie, are ya pissed at Para?

    Yeah. A shitload little.

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      What was the problem you’ve had with Para? I don’t like wasting money.

    2. avatar Sean says:

      Ha, my p-14 is on the desk in front of me in pieces. Trying to figure out why it won’t go bang.

      1. avatar Bob H says:

        Just guessing here but… Because it is on your desk in pieces?

  6. I don’t have a lot of use for a “live” 1911, why would I care about dead ones?

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    Hate to see an old gun treated like that, even if it isn’t functional.

  7. avatar Brad Kozak says:

    I can’t help but wonder how they keep it from rusting…

    1. avatar Bob H says:

      That one has some rust on it, and, it probably doesn’t rain a lot there, and they probably have enough worn out 1911s to replace it weekly anyway.

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