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The M1911 is a .45 caliber pistol with a 7 round magazine. It can be found in both residential and supermarket spawn locations. It's approximately two-thirds as common as a Makarov PM, but is still the second most common pistol.

In version 1.7.1, it become possible to convert .45 ACP Revolver ammo to M1911 Mag.. As a result, M1911 ammo effectively became more than twice as common.

ArmA2 1.62 drastically reduced the damage done by the M1911. Before the update, it was able to kill zombies with one shot; after, it now takes 4 body shots.

By Thorgold on 2012/07/07 at 2:56pm

By my own independent testing (Weapons Range 1.1), the DayZ wiki is only correct on the count that the revolver is more accurate. They may have marginally different values, but no combination of shots resulted in different zombie kills (survivor testing could show difference). As well, the "more accurate" value is due to its more practical zero (~80m with a 100m effective range) and its superior iron sight to the M1911.

As well, the sound data is off. I've been shooting at zombies from ranges of 40m and don't draw aggro. It's more around 30-35m that I see aggro drawn.

Edited by Thorgold on 2012/07/07
By IonPixel on 2012/07/18 at 9:44am

You can break down Revolver ammo into M1911 Rounds. Making ammo more "common", with very similar stats, and one more round to the clip then the Revolver, I'd choose this over any other sidearm, maybe with the exception of the M9 SD.

In my opinion.

Edit --> After "Nerf" Even after the recent nerf, this gun still remains one of the best, 3 to 4 body shots on a Zed drops it, but you can typically land a head shot if you're in good practice. Still one of my personal favourites.

Edited by IonPixel on 2012/07/31
By SHOWTIME on 2012/07/15 at 9:50pm

In my opinion, it's better than the revolver for close range encounters (with survivors) due to a higher rate of fire.

Edited by SHOWTIME on 2012/07/15
By IceTalon on 2012/11/29 at 2:07am

By far my favorite sidearm. Along with the revolver it does the most damage, .45 is easy to find and can be converted to 1911 and just over all a very good gun in my opinion

By BigSoss on 2013/10/16 at 3:37pm

Mate, .45 Stopping power is were its at. Revolver doesn't have as many attributes, I mean look: M1911 .45: Fire Rate Bigger Clip Has more overall Ammo Quieter

Revolver: Accuracy Sights

By itsDietz on 2013/06/18 at 7:05pm

The damage does not seem to have been updated as the changelog said. It still took 4 rounds to the chest to drop a zed.

By Maxthe222 on 2013/05/26 at 4:04pm

Well it's the highest damage per shot pistol, so it's doing something right. Plus, it does shoot faster than the revolver

Edited by Maxthe222 on 2016/09/17
By GraduateArc8298 on 2013/05/26 at 12:12am

I find the crosshairs Better than the iron sight on this gun.

By Ascender on 2013/02/21 at 2:58am

Definitly my favourite starter pistol. Ammo is quite literally everywhere in the form of M1911 and Revolver mags (so keep an eye on both if you use this gun). Rate of fire is only limited to your ability to spam the LMB. Didn't notice too much difference in damage when killing zombies, recoil, accuracy and not waiting for my guy to catch his breath probably being the biggest factors there. Concidering how common the ammo is you can waste it all day long and be completely fine - unless you aggro an entire town or city of zombies in which case you should probably start running.

Realisticly only a PDW and M9SD have enough added value justifying replacing this pistol.

Edited by Ascender on 2013/02/21
By DooM4MR on 2012/08/15 at 1:38pm

Not very accurate at +20m, from my experience it 1 hit kill zombie if it closer than ~20m. I think that revolver is more accurate.

By nekrus2 on 2012/08/13 at 9:57am

it seems if you have 1.60 arma 2 oa and apply newest beta patch game keeps you old damage values - everything works as it should except damage vs ai ( angainst players they still recive nerfed damage)

By pavlof on 2012/08/13 at 4:30am

Quote from IonPixel "Even after the recent nerf, this gun still remains one of the best, 3 to 4 body shots on a Zed drops it, but you can typically land a head shot if you're in good practice. Still one of my personal favourites."

I still oneshot zeds with this one.. was it buffed again? Best Pistol... dropped my m9sd to carry one of these again, jack bauer would love this gun

Edited by pavlof on 2012/08/13
By Mkvenner on 2012/08/09 at 9:02pm

Just found one in the southern barracks of the NW Airfield, it had 6 mags so i dumped my PDW cos i love the 1911 so very very much, always use it in every game it's in. Took it outside, i was alone on the server, decided to test it and tred to drop a Zed. Hit him in the head twice and he still didn't drop, had to pull out my main weapon to drop him in the end. Went back and swapped back the PDW and loaded it with an MP5 mag, story finished...

By SwagSensei on 2012/08/06 at 4:14pm

Probably still your best option even after the nerf. You will find ammo everywhere. The only thing that's any better might be your silenced sidearm.

By Noltz on 2012/07/25 at 11:56pm

The M1911 now takes 3-4 shots to kill a zombie.

By Edd on 2012/07/05 at 7:46pm

I have learned from experience that this weapon is way less accurate than the revolver.

By Complex on 2012/07/30 at 7:56pm

I believe there was an update where ZedHeads are no longer killed in one shot, sucks, but still a great gun.

By Stella on 2012/07/25 at 3:53pm

I only picked this up over the revolver because its Big Boss's gun from MGS, no other reason required.

By Immunity on 2012/07/07 at 4:44am

Where does this data come from?

It says here the damage and noise is identical to the revolver, but DayZ Wiki says "Slightly more powerful and marginally quieter than the Revolver", would like to know which is correct.

Also, it would be nice to have some kind of accuracy statistic and rate of fire if possible.


By Wo3dy on 2012/07/06 at 6:27am

This gun is my favorite, way better then the revolver in my opinion

By Dekruser on 2012/08/05 at 12:27pm

I think the M1911 and the Revolver should do more damage than they do now, because if a normal human get hitted of one shot with the 45. round he's dead, maybe after two but never, NEVER he can be still alive after 2 hits.

By Geen on 2012/07/26 at 4:34pm

I only use this because MGS3. 'Nuff said.

By 00no4 on 2012/07/06 at 1:54pm

In the current version there is a bug which allows unlimited ammo with both the M1911 and the Revolver This bug is archived buy turning a half finished M1911 mag into a revolver mag and then back again this refills the mag to full.

By Vylent on 2012/07/06 at 4:39am

More damage, Slightly less accurate, and 1 more bullet per clip than a revolver.


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