Although most European nations adopted more modern handguns chambered for their military side arms in calibers such as 9 mm and .32 caliber at the turn of the 20th century, the Norwegians went down a different route. At that time, they adopted a handgun more powerful than most of the European armies, chambered at 11.25 mm, or .45 ACP as we know it. This Old Gun Norwegian Model 1914 Pistol adaptation of the Colt M1911 produced only a few years before.
The Norwegians paid careful attention to the United States handgun trials. In the first decade of the century, the military. In these trials, referred to as the 1907 Pistol Trials, the U.S. tried to substitute a more modern design with its current single-action revolvers. The U.S. finally selected John Browning’s semi-automatic handgun design submitted and improved by Colt, which became the Model 1911, after years of testing and deliberation.
This Old Gun Norwegian Model 1914 Pistol
The extension of the slide-release lever downwards was one of the most noticeable improvements to the design of the M1914, enabling the user to release the slide without breaking the shape of the grip. Another obvious distinction on the M1914, other than numerous roll marks, is that each component has the serial number of the pistol stamped in along with the year of production on the slide. Otherwise, including the caliber, the M1914 layout remained strikingly similar to the Colt M1911.
Instead of adopting the M1914 at that time in a caliber more common among other European nations, the Norwegians opted to adopt the design as its American equivalent in the same .45 ACP chambering. This made Norway the first European country to embrace the .45 ACP cartridge, an interesting move because it forced them to set up new assembly lines for the production of new ammunition.