M 1911-A1 FS
To start off, if you're unfamiliar with 1911A1s, chances are you may not be from North America (but if you watch any war movies spanning from WWI to Vietnam, you may have a general idea) as I'm not sure how well they were used internationally. If you are familiar with the 1911A1s, hopefully you'll continue reading, as well. This specific 1911A1 happens to be a High Standard 1911A1 FS model; no-frills 1911A1. It is no longer being produced, but while it was, it was one of the better bargains for 1911s. This review will be somewhat short as there isn't a whole lot to say about this pistol that hasn't been said considering the model just passed its 100th anniversary. This will be one of the shortest reviews, so if you have any questions in particular, I ask you to visit the "Questions/Comments" page and fill out a form. I will write back as soon as possible to answer your query.
As this model is based off the 1911A1 (second variation of 1911) used in WWII, it retains the awesome features that it had back in WWII. Features like a right-hand-only safety and magazine release! In this next photo, you will be able to see the two safeties and the slide catch. The two safeties I mention are the thumb safety that locks the slide and prevents the hammer from dropping, and the "beavertail" safety. It is the upward portion of the grip that looks like it's kind of cut out. It's a lever that is depressed by the hand when holding the pistol. This is so if the thumb safety slipped to "fire" in a holster or if the pistol was dropped while on "fire", the grip safety would most likely prevent the firearm from going off. Another anti-drop safety feature is the "half cock" position of the hammer. This handgun is single-action only (hammer must be back to fire), and if the pistol dropped and disengaged the sear, a second position would, if all went to plan, stop the hammer from going down all the way. This pistol is more or less discharge-from-dropping proof. I don't recommend testing this theory, however. Let's just assume that it is and treat it like normal.
High Standard made only two noticeable differences from the original 1911A1 pistol. Those two differences are a flared ejection port (helps reduce jams caused by ejecting shells) and a "high" capacity magazine coming with the handgun itself. Of course, these "beyond seven" magazines can be purchased for and used with basically any other 1911, but that didn't stop High Standard from going ahead and including one with this piece. However, I find it rather odd that they did since this was their basic GI model.
The bottom of the magazine well is cut out in the front so eight-round magazines may be used in the handgun, or so High Standard's advertisement lead me to believe. Since the obtaining of this handgun, however, I have been around a few other 1911 handguns and have noticed they all feature this small "cut" in the grip. This was put in place to let the seven-round magazine sit flush with the grip. I believe the High Standard advertisement used a poor choice of words in referring to the "improved high-capacity ability" as an actual weapon modification rather than an eight-round magazine coming with the handgun. The magazine that was included with this pistol is an Italian-made "ACT-MAG" and it has had zero malfunctions. The pistol itself has also had zero malfunctions, even while using Remington Golden Saber hollow-points. High Standard has lived up to their namesake on this one. The fit, finish, and accuracy is superb.