Designed by John Browning, the Model 1911 was the standard-issue side arm for the United States armed forces from 1911 to 1985 and is still carried by some U.S. forces today. The Model 1911's longevity is due to Browning's often-imitated design, which incorporates the short recoil principle. The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, and recoil-operated handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. During World War II, with Colt unable to keep up with the US military's high demand for the firearm, other manufacturers were commissioned to make the 1911 including the 1777-founded, government owned Springfield Arms company. The Springfield Champion 1911 comes with a 4" barrel which is 1/4" smaller than than that found on true Commander-type 1911 pistols, but like a Commander, the slide and barrel are matched to a full-size government 1911 frame. This pistol features a frame-mounted safety, a grip safety, and fixed blade front sight with a Heinie rear sight. Its grips, metal, and bore are all in very good condition.