M1911 turns 100 years old

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by gunsmoker, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    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?

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  2. 1str8shot

    1str8shot New Member

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    i thinkt i saw a colt centennial on a magazine cover a couple weeks ago.
     

  3. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    I wasn't thinking of that, although thanks for pointing out that Colt (and Kimber?) are coming out with commemorative edition pistols for collectors to buy.

    I meant some kind of observance. A day for every M1911 owner to take their toy to the range.
    Gun stores having special sales. Gun ranges offering 50% off range time for anyone shooting 1911 platform weapon.
    Maybe an open-carry day for 1911s specifically?
    Something to honor the weapon and its designer, not just something to make money for Colt or Kimber.
     
  4. RIA45

    RIA45 New Member

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    How about making it your daily carry weapon for 2011.
     
  5. ber950

    ber950 Active Member

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    Mine is ONLY 91 years old. Those youngters made during WWII are only 65-70 years old. :shock:
     
  6. Quest50

    Quest50 Active Member

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    Why not just do this for all of 2011? =D
     
  7. JiG

    JiG Awaiting censure

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    The pistol is already over 100.... it was already designed and being tested in 1907... not adopted by the US Army until 1911.

    Since the pistol would not be what it is today without the US military asking for the pistol... it would only be right to celebrate its anniversary on March 29, 2011, the centennial of its formal adoption.
     
  8. zetor

    zetor Well-Known Member

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    Older than hell and still only seen OFTEN in the LEO and military community where the likelihood of engaging a subject is higher than normal or eminent. I can't get past that.

    Weird??????

    Back on topic, I'll probably be eating ribs with it on my side since this is a Tues.
     
  9. Ken1961

    Ken1961 Dei Gratia

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    I'll be buying a new one. I like my SR9c but after having carried it for several months now I have to admit I feel under dressed.
     
  10. Puffyfish

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    My three Bears.

    [​IMG] Yeah I'm a .45 cal junkie. [​IMG]
     
  11. grandmastrblastr

    grandmastrblastr New Member

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    Why not January 9th?

    Get it?

    1/9/11

    Ha!

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  12. Signal 69

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    Remember to good old days of .45acp and 9mm? Ever wonder what caliber will come out next?



    The 9mm is 108 years of age.
     
  13. JiG

    JiG Awaiting censure

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    9mm. The most successful fluke ever.

    .45 acp, derived from the .45 colt cartridge. Once the .45 colt case was shortened for smokeless powder and the 250 grain bullet rounded off for automatics, what remained was the .45 acp. This is a manly cartridge.

    9mm, derived from an underpowered .30 cal cartridge of such that when many countries tested it, ours included, concluded that the .30 cal Luger was too weak..... Not wanting to change his tooling, Georg Luger figured he could put a bit fatter barrel on the existing frame/action so he wouldn't have to make a large investment for a larger cartridge and the 9mm Luger (Parabellum) cartridge was born. This is a wussy cartridge for silly Europeans. (Of course I jest a bit)
     
  14. bgs210

    bgs210 Luggage Killer

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