By Patrick Sweeney

In 1911, the heritage of firearms replaced endlessly 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 attention-grabbing, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the a hundredth 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 easiest of latest semi- and full-custom types, you can find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with pictures accumulated from all over the world, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's this present day extra well known than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for a person drawn to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this really American vintage, it is a must-have quantity

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Pancho Villa was the hombre they were out to punish. Mexico was at the time in turmoil. The Mexican revolution of 1911 had been a mess, and to the disappointment of Pancho Villa (one of the contenders) the US government sided with the Carranza contingent. Villa, having assumed the assurances he’d been receiving would mean he’d be backed as president, was understandably put out. He began attacking American interests along the border, but staying south of the line. On March 6, 1916, he attacked Columbus, New Mexico, and tangled with the 13th US Cavalry.

In many units, locales, times and places, the handgun is merely the badge of someone in charge. For much of the last century, the argument here has not been about what is “gun enough” for a badge of office. In America, a handgun is a serious piece of emergency equipment, and you don’t go screwing it up getting flashy. Elsewhere, not so much. You’ve probably all seen photos of Saddam Hussein’s gold-plated AKs. I don’t know how to tell you this, but that is not all that rare in the Middle East. While touring defense plants that 31 5/26/10 8:54:47 AM 1911 THE FIRST 100 YEARS This Military Model of 1902 is so cherry it is almost unfired.

Then, once you have it working, you adjust to The Savage’s grip safety is much better than the Colt’s in ease of being depressed, but it has a gap under it where crud and debris can collect. The Savage’s extractor is also the rear sight and the loaded chamber indicator. And, as a loose part, it’s something I can see being easily lost in cleaning. indd 41 5/26/10 8:58:38 AM 1911 THE FIRST 100 YEARS The magazine catch is small, recessed, not easily used, and cleverly kept out of harm’s way. The slide stop is even more awkward to use than the mag catch, but you can always just yank back on the breechblock and “slingshot” the pistol closed.

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