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Doublestar 1911 PhD (Personal Home Defense)

By Tom Murphy

The Gun

In 1906, the US Military, headed by General William Crozier, Chief of Ordnance of the US Army began evaluating several handgun designs and suitability of a cartridge designated the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (.45 ACP). Colt submitted a semi-automatic pistol designed by John M. Browning. This was a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed pistol developed with both a manual and a grip safety. Over a two-day period of time, this pistol was tested in a 6,000-round exercise. The gun got so hot that the shooters had to submerge it in a bucket of water to cool it down enough to shoot it again. The prototype of what became the Colt 1911 passed the test with no problems or failure to fire actions.

The 1911 became a favorite of officers when fighting in the trenches on the Western Front during World War I. The era during the two world wars saw numerous improvements on the 1911. The sights were improved, the mainspring housing became arched for better hand control, and the grip was extended. These, and other refinements, were completed in 1924, and the Colt 1911 was renamed the Colt 1911A1.

With the entry of the US into World War II, demand for the 1911 ramped up exponentially. By the end of hostilities, approximately 1.9 million units were procured by the government for all forces.

An entire industry based on custom 1911s, parts, accessories and gunsmithing has grown up around the 1911A1. Many companies have produced their version of the venerable 105-year-old handgun. One such company is DoubleStar Corporation based in Winchester KY.

Its parent company, J&T Distributing, a supplier of parts and accessories for the AR-15 platform, had many customers who requested complete guns using J&T’s US-made quality parts. Today they manufacture various AR-15 rifles and carbines, plus four models of the 1911A1 pistol.

The subject of this test is their new 1911 PhD™ (Personal Home Defense). The 1911 PhD is the first of a planned series of 1911-based handguns that are readily available and carries a middle-level manufacturer’s suggested retail price tag of $1,364.06. The...

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