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Question by ishawooa. Uploaded on February 12, 2011
I'll guess the 1911.
Good question ish. My guess is the Colt 1911 and all its copies and variants. Don't know though. What did the 12 million Russians carry in WWII? Was it the Mararov Txx? That may have influenced a few pistols around the world too.
I'll say the Colt 1905/1911.
DakotaMan has a good point. However, most Soviet soldiers were not equipped with handguns during WW2. Wikipedia indicates the Russians produced 1.7 million TT-33's. The Chinese variation is still being produced and of course there are no published production figures. North Korea, Yugoslavia, and others have produced their own versions.
Have to go with the 1911 in all its clones and variants, closely followed by the P-35 / High Power.
1911s have been chambered in .45 ACP, .38 Super, 9 mm, .22 LR, and what other calibers?
I believe Ishawooa is right. Venture outside the U.S. and the 1911 .45 ACP is not widely used.
S&W K-frame 38 special introducted in 1899 and still issued for many police departments around the world as the standard issue including military. The M9 Berretta 9mm was and is also issued and still issued around the world both to military and police around the world. The followed by the p35 browning highpower 9mm and then the 1911 .45acp
I'd guess the Browning P-35 High Power. It has been adopted by the armed forces of dozens if not hundreds of countries worldwide, and very likely has been produced in greater numbers than any other automatic pistol.
Frankly I don't know the correct answer. I believe it is the FN/Browning for the reasons previously stated. In fact it is still used by some CIA operatives today (I know one). I don't think the Beretta 92 has been in production long enough to compete. I have no idea how may S & W K frames and their immediate predecessors have been made but more than likely not as many as the FN/Browning. There are lots of 1911s in this world but like WAM said not many outside the US. A .45 caliber handgun is illegal in many countries and that caliber comprises most 1911s' chambering. If anyone ever figures this out for sure let me know. Maybe I can check at the BBHC here in Cody if I don't get sidetracked looking at everything of interest there LOL.
Purely speculation, but I'd also have to say that the 1911 and all its variants would be a contender.
Also, what about the Single Action Army? If we're going by variants produced by other companies (as opposed to JUST the Colt SAA), that's been a fairly copied style - look at Ruger's single actions, for instance.
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