1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney

By Patrick Sweeney

In 1911, the heritage of firearms replaced without end 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 battling handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the easiest of present day semi- and full-custom types, you will discover it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with photos accumulated from world wide, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's this day extra well known than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for somebody drawn to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this actually American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity

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45 ACP, adopted by the armed forces of the United States, was quite a beast. 45 was a cannon. The ergonomics of the pistol were exemplary, especially when you consider that the field of ergonomics was still in its infancy. The grip angle had been changed from that of the the M-1900-1905 series, to one more in keeping with the shooter’s wrist angle. The combined thumb and grip safeties were well-positioned, easy to use, and natural in movement. In 1911, Colt only knew one way to make handguns: the right way.

45 Colt, so why would the US Army bother with them? 45 Colt the US Army was already using. One option for more power was the Colt M-1878. While it was a double action revolver, it did not have a swing-out cylinder. It could be had in big-bore cartridges, but its slow reloading process was a serious strike against it by the 1890s. Another strike against it was its unfriendly trigger pull. In fact, the design was so heavy to pull that a special model was made for issue to the Phillipines: the Model 1878/1902.

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