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 day easily because the 1911. Now, in a single interesting, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the a 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 modern day semi- and full-custom types, you can find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with images accrued 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 a person attracted to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this actually American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity
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The controls are not where we expect them to be. The thumb safety pivots on the front, so you use the base of your thumb to rotate the safety lever. The grip safety is up at the web of your hand and is pressed straight into the frame. This is actually a good thing, as I cannot see how anyone could fail to depress it. Those of you who have the problem of a too-high grip that fails to fully depress the grip safety on a 1911 would find the Savage a lot more amenable. However, that plus is offset by the design, which is a curved paddle raised above the rear of the frame.
The result is a finish that cannot be duplicated by modern processes. The surface polish is so unmarred that the finish It also was not as durable as the Army liked. The bright polish showed scratches, and the blueing wore too easily. Remember, in 1911-12 the US army was not just a barracks force, they had units in the jungle in the Philippines and Cuba; the Marines had units on naval vessels; and the Navy was buying pistols for their own use. So, at about serial number 2400, Colt changed the polishing process.
The Colt M-1900 pistols were brand-new as products go. Colt first made them with a safety built into the rear sight. This proved to be so unpopular that any and all M-1900 pistols coming back to Colt for service had the safety removed and replaced with a plain rear sight. Shooters of the time could also send their pistols back specifically to have it removed. ) The M1900, while selling briskly, was not the long-term plan for Colt. They wanted a foothold in the market for pistols, and they demanded improvements as they tested new technology.
1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney