1911: The First 100 Years

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Krause Publications, Aug 27, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 288 pages
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In 1911, the history of firearms changed forever with the adoption of the greatest pistol ever designed, the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 - known today simply as the 1911. Now, in one fascinating, illustrated volume, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the 100th anniversary of the greatest fighting handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings legendary 1911 .45.

From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the best of today's semi- and -full-custom models, you'll find it in 1911: The First 100 Years. Lavishly illustrated with photographs collected from around the world, 1911: The First 100 Years is a fitting centennial tribute to a pistol that is today more popular than ever.

For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian - for anyone interested in big-bore handguns or the evolution of this truly American classic, this is a must-have volume.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Momentous Year of 1911
9
How Did We Get Here?
17
The Trials of the Century
33
Before the Great War
51
The Great War
59
Between the Wars
69
WWII
89
Reinventing the 1911 Jeff Cooper and IPSC
127
Early Custom 1911s
145
Thrown Out of Work
171
Expansionary Inflation and IPSC
187
Everyone Makes a 1911
217
Custom 1911s for a New Century
241
Engraving
265
The New Fighting Tool
269

The Postwar Era
103
New Colts and New 1911s
113
The Future of the 1911
283
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Patrick Sweeney is a certified master gunsmith, film consultant, certified armorer instructor for police departments nationwide, author of many of Gun Digest Books' best-selling titles, and Handguns Editor for America's largest general-circulation shooting magazine, Guns & Ammo.

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