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Taurus 1911 45 ACP Full Size Pistol –

Some guns are classics. The Colt Single Action Army is the quintessential cowboy six-shooter. The Colt M1911 has been in use for more than a century, serving in both world wars. Both firearms are known for their ruggedness, but with time comes the need to replace parts and upgrade mechanisms. Alternatively, modern replacements can be safer, more reliable, and more durable. At, you can find listings for updates and upgrades that can give classic firearms new life. Here are some updated guns to look for.

Taurus 1911

M1911-style handguns are among the most popular 45 ACP pistols available on the market. After more than a century of use, they remain a favorite and continue to be used by law enforcement. The Taurus 1911 line of pistols offers technology and improvements not available when the M1911 first hit the market, such as the skeletonized hammer and trigger or the Picatinny rail for mounting a laser or light.

2011 STACCATO XC TUXEDO w/2.5 moa sro and atlas trigger –

Staccato 2011

If you want an even more modern take on the M1911, try a 2011 from Staccato, formerly STI Guns. The Staccato XC is a fast, flat-shooting gun that is well-suited for competition, building on the old M1911 but with modern technology. From a red-dot sight to an integrated compensated barrel, the XC offers performance that John Browning, the M1911’s designer, could only aspire to in his day.

Sig Sauer P220 45 ACP 4.4″ 8rd W220R-45-CTSP Sig P220 –

SIG P220

As the first collaborative firearm from SIG Arms AG and J.P. Sauer & Sohn, the SIG P220 was introduced in 1975 and quickly became the sidearm of choice for the Swiss Army. Since then, it has undergone a series of enhancements designed for law enforcement and is now offered as the P220 Legion. Some of the upgrades include front serrations, day and night sights, more aggressive front-strap checkering, and custom grips. It is a new take on an old classic.

Ruger Vaquero 45 COLT 5104 Vaquero Ruger 5.5″ High Gloss Stainless-

Ruger Vaquero

In the Wild West, it was uncommon to have all six shots loaded into a revolver. The guns were not reliable enough, and the hammer could accidentally activate, firing off a round. Today, there are modern reproductions of the Colt Single Action Army, such as the Ruger Vaquero. These still look like the old CSSA, but with contemporary refinements and technology. Get ready to feel like a cowboy with a six-shooter like the Vaquero.

Indian Ishapore No.1 MK III Lee Enfield .303 British 1952 C&R –

Ishapore 2A1

The Lee Enfield Mk III (SMLE) is the firearm typically seen in British soldiers’ hands during World War I. The Ishapore 2A1 is the modern version of this bolt-action rifle, which remains in use by the Indian military. The Ishapore 2A1 uses a 7.62mm NATO round instead of the original 303 cartridge but is otherwise outwardly similar to the SMLE.


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