A lot of things have changed in the world of firearms training since WWII. However, the 1911 pistol itself has remained mostly unchanged as you can see in the video below.

The first thing you will probably notice in this video is that no one is wearing eye or ear protection. That’s a big departure from modern training, but the 1940’s were a different time. You will also notice that the cup and saucer technique is utilized in this video. While the cup and saucer method is effective it’s rarely used in modern combat pistol training.

Enjoy this interesting piece of 1911 history.

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  • LouieF

    Not only aren’t they are wearing hearing protection or safety glasses, as soon as they grip the weapon, their index finger goes right to the trigger, including the instructor’s.

    • Mikial

      We are talking about 1944 here, you know. Things were not quite so advanced then as they are in the 21st century.

  • Mikial

    This is actually pretty good training for the day. They recognize that static range shooting isn’t adequate for combat training, and teach instinctive muscle memory shooting. Pretty good thinking, really.

    And I have to say, I would love to have some .45 tracer to shoot. 😉

  • 175jfs

    Are you kidding? This “training” was still being foisted on service members in the U.S. Army as late as 1980. I was already accomplished IPSC shooter and was often told I didn’t know what I was doing. Yet I always scored expert with the old rattle trap .45’s.

  • Tim Bucktoo

    My Uncle taught handgun training to Navy Officers at Key West WWII era. While Dad slogged it out from D-Day thru the Bulge, kind of a sore spot after I figured it out.

    • Mikial

      That sort of thing probably happened a lot. I had a maternal uncle in the Army who spent the war working at a supply depot in the US, another who was in the Pacific fleet, and my dad was a tanker in Italy, had two tanks destroyed out form under him and was wounded. Luck of the draw, I guess.

      I could get my dad to talk about his experiences sometimes, but for the most part he didn’t say much about it. I know he went through the Rapido River crossing, which was a pretty nasty engagement. I hope you got your dad to tell you a little bit about it.