By Patrick Sweeney
In 1911, the background of firearms replaced eternally with the adoption of the best pistol ever designed, the automated Pistol, quality .45, M1911--known this day easily because the 1911. Now, in a single interesting, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the one centesimal anniversary of the best combating handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the easiest of state-of-the-art semi- and full-custom types, you will find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with photos accrued from all over the world, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's at the present time extra renowned than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for somebody drawn to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this really American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity
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In today’s logistical environment, where as much as possible is commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) product, the idea that the government would have its own plant, to make its own pistols, is interesting. The accoun- Here is the right side of a Navy-batch pistol, showing the markings. Photo courtesy Rock Island Auctions A close-up of the roll marking. If you ﬁnd an “old pistol” in the attic and it has this marking on it, you’re looking at a pistol a century old. indd 53 53 5/26/10 9:04:58 AM 1911 THE FIRST 100 YEARS tants figured that they could make pistols there for about two-thirds the cost of the Colt pistols, and since they weren’t getting as much money as they needed from Congress (some things never change) the Army could get more pistols for less money, which was considered a good thing.
The grip is nicely-shaped but oddly-angled. I’ve had occasion to fire rotating-barrel pistols. 380 pistols. As pocket pistols go, they are not any less snappy in recoil than their blowback brethren. I’ve fired the MAB-15, a French 9mm from the 1960s. It is an all-steel, high capacity 9mm, and as such it is one portly beast. It weighs more than a 1911A1 Government model, and despite the 9mm chambering, kicks worse. Why the harsh recoil? Simple: there is no pre-unlock dwell time with a rotating barrel.
Yes, a loaded chamber indicator, circa 1907. Even while I was admiring it, I could see all kinds of problems. First of all, nothing holds it in place except the cocking piece assembly. It falls out when you take the pistol apart, and it can easily become lost. Also, the rectangular slot for the rear sight is a stress point. I can predict that if the Savage made it to production, the rectangular slot would be the point of origin for many a slide crack. The magazine catch is in the front of the frame, at the bottom, and recessed into the magazine well boss.
1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney