1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney

By Patrick Sweeney

In 1911, the background of firearms replaced ceaselessly with the adoption of the best pistol ever designed, the automated Pistol, quality .45, M1911--known at the present time easily because the 1911. Now, in a single interesting, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the one centesimal anniversary of the best struggling with handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the simplest of contemporary semi- and full-custom types, you will find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with photos gathered from all over the world, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's this 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, it is a must-have quantity

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What pistol touched off the first World War? 32 ACP. It was not. 380 Auto. The pistol he used is in a Jesuit church in Austria, along with the police reports, transcripts of the trial, and other items associated with the truly historymaking incident. Thus the Model 1911, which played an important role in ending WWI, was created by the same man who designed the pistol that started it: John Moses Browning. 5/26/10 9:08:42 AM CHAPTER 5 The Great War I t was called the War to End All Wars, but in reality, the it was the war to grind the young men of Europe into the mud.

Generally, the pistols worked well. There was some concern that the troops might have found find a self-loading pistol a bit too complicated, and there were maintenance issues, but overall, the test was positive and paved the way to the adoption of a self-loading pistol for general issue. Meanwhile, Colt was making first the M-1900, and then the M-1902. The Army bought batches of those for testing, too. 38 Auto, they worked quite well. ) and capacity. 38 Auto seems just a bit odd. Look deeper and it gets odder.

In the 1890s John Moses Browning had an arrangement with Winchester: he designed 5/26/10 8:54:45 AM CHAPTER 2: HOW DID WE GET HERE? guns, and they paid him a lot of money. had his 1895 “Potato Digger” machine He approached them with the model for gun produced and sold by Colt. Colt and his Auto-5 shotgun. (Browning didn’t FN, with Browning, divided the world: do blueprints. ) Browning knew he the rest of the world. 38 Auto, and FN got the M-1903 and latand didn’t want a check. He wanted roy- er models.

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