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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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gunsmoker said:
Will there be a centennial anniversary of the 1911 platform .45 semi-auto pistol?
i thinkt i saw a colt centennial on a magazine cover a couple weeks ago.
 

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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.
 

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gunsmoker said:
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.
How about making it your daily carry weapon for 2011.
 

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

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gunsmoker said:
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.
Why not just do this for all of 2011? =D
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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My three Bears.

Yeah I'm a .45 cal junkie.
 

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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)
 

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from Wiki:
Following its success in trials, the Colt pistol was formally adopted by the Army on March 29, 1911,
thus gaining its designation, M1911 (Model of 1911).
 
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