So as we approach the end of the year 2010, with the year 2011 only about 10 weeks away, I am wondering something. Will there be a centennial anniversary of the 1911 platform .45 semi-auto pistol? And what date will be, or should be, used as "the date" that the M1911 started? Obviously the pistol evolved over some time. It has some things in common with Browning-designed semi-autos from the early 1900s. And during the time the Army was issuing requests for bids and samples to test, I'm sure things were changed about it as the process went along over months or even years. So my question is, for all you 1911 fans or history buffs, what should we use as "the date" for the birth of the M1911, so we can observe the corresponding date exactly 100 years later in 2011? Maybe the date should not be the date the pistol was invented, but rather the date it passed the torture test? Or the date the Army announced that it won the contract to be purchased in bulk?