1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney

By Patrick Sweeney

In 1911, the historical past of firearms replaced without end 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 attention-grabbing, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the a centesimal anniversary of the best scuffling with handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the easiest of modern semi- and full-custom versions, you will discover it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with images accumulated from around the globe, 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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Heck, we make automobiles in their entirety from stampings. Except for things like engine blocks, transmissions and heavy structures (which are in most cases castings) your entire car can be an Alas, the project was nothing but a assembly of sheet metal stampings that source of headaches. Colt sent the draw- are bent, folded, creased and welded. ings, but drawings (especially back then) But in 1911, sheet metal pressings were a new thing. Magawere only part of zines were a new the story. It takes thing.

An interesting design element of the Savage is its rear sight: it doubles as the extractor. The sight and extractor are a 5/26/10 8:58:23 AM CHAPTER 3: THE TRIALS OF THE CENTURY single piece of steel that simply rests in a recess in the underside of the slide top. At the rear, the sight pokes through a rectangular slot, and up front, the forward tab is the extractor hook. It also cams up, when there is a round in the chamber, so you can feel the extractor. Yes, a loaded chamber indicator, circa 1907.

Except for things like engine blocks, transmissions and heavy structures (which are in most cases castings) your entire car can be an Alas, the project was nothing but a assembly of sheet metal stampings that source of headaches. Colt sent the draw- are bent, folded, creased and welded. ings, but drawings (especially back then) But in 1911, sheet metal pressings were a new thing. Magawere only part of zines were a new the story. It takes thing. Magazinean experienced fed rifles used The 1911 was also not machine operator machined rails available commercially to produce parts as integral parts early on, and when it and not scrap.

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