By Patrick Sweeney
In 1911, the background of firearms replaced endlessly 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 attention-grabbing, 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 can find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with pictures gathered 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 well known than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for someone drawn to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this really American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity
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Serial #1 was pretty much used up in testing, and no one knows what happened to it. ) Number 2 remained at Springfield Armory until after WWII, when it was sold to collector Sid Aberman. The test results were not encouraging. The Luger suffered badly in the dust and rust tests. Clearly, with two hand-built prototypes, there wasn’t any chance to test parts interchangeability. The Frankford Arsenal ammunition and the Luger hadn’t gotten along well, and the Army gave DWM permission to use their own ammunition.
They extended a contract each to Colt, DWM and Savage for 200 test pistols. The Army wanted to take the nearly-finished but not yet debugged designs and issue the pistols to units in the field. There, they would get feedback on what worked, what didn’t, what the troops liked or disliked, and what was prone to breakage. Meanwhile, the two were asked to go back to the drawing boards, improve the shortcomings, and come up with better guns for the next round of trials. You might ask why field trials?
As was the taste in ticularly badly in the rust test. the period, it was offered with a holster/ Before we get too far into the test, let’s shoulder stock, so take a walk around you could use it the Savage, and as an impromptu kick the tires and carbine. look under the In the 1907 pistol trials, hood. I had the it was neck-and-neck Having tested great fortune to between the Savage and various commerconnect with a Colt pistols. In fact, the c i a l l y - av a i l a b l e collector who has Savage beat the Colt in pistols for the first not one, or even the dust test and was not few years of the two, but four of far behind in the rust test.
1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney