1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney

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 present day easily because the 1911. Now, in a single interesting, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the one centesimal anniversary of the best scuffling with handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the simplest of state-of-the-art semi- and full-custom types, you will discover it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with photos accrued from around the globe, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's this present day extra renowned than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for an individual attracted to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this actually American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity

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Not much had changed between 1911 and 1936. Their blueing procedure had changed, but not much. The grip angle had been changed from that of the the M-19001905 series, to one more in keeping with the shooter’s wrist angle. Before the final tests, this is what a big-bore combat pistol looked like. This, a pristine M-1907 Field Trials Colt, has led a protected life in the ensuing century-plus. indd 51 5/26/10 9:02:23 AM 1911 THE FIRST 100 YEARS seems to have depth. The blueing has a color and clarity unmatched by modern hot chemical dip blueing.

45 pistols. DWM declined to produce more pistols. Partly, they felt they had been used, held up as a sacrificial lamb and whipping boy for the two American entrants. That, and the American-supplied ammunition wasn’t up to snuff, and the German-made ammo had not been refined enough to be reliable. 45 handgun. So after much correspondence 5/26/10 8:59:02 AM CHAPTER 3: THE TRIALS OF THE CENTURY between DWM and the US Army, DWM walked off, to make trainloads of 9mm Lugers for their other clients. In 1910, the Army had the two come back for more endurance testing.

45, Model of 1911, serial number 1. One of the last batch of test pistols, subjected to onerous trials, and surviving to win. indd 50 While the Army had shrunk, the Navy had expanded. At the beginning of The Great War, the American Navy was among the largest and newest afloat. While we did not have the total size of the fleets of Great Britain, Germany, or Russia, a larger percentage of our largest ships were brand-new. The Great White Fleet, four squadrons of American naval vessels which circumnavigated the world from 1907-09, were not even the newest part.

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