Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy birthday 1911

March 29, 2011 was the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the John M. Browning designed M-1911 by the U.S. Military. Mr. Browning was, IMHO, the greatest firearms inventor/designer ever. In addition to the 1911, he also was the chief designer of the Browning Hi-Power, the fiddy cal M2, the BAR and a myriad of other guns.

The 1911 was produced initially by Colt, then many other companies for GI contracts. In recent years, it has been produced by so many companies, I could not begin to name them all. This long list now includes Colt's early big competitor, Smith and Wesson.

One very interesting fact is that the 1911 can not only be field stripped fairly easily, it can also serve as its own tool box. Check out John Marshall's instructions HERE. Now, if you can find any of those grip screws Marshall mentions, let me know your source.

Happy birthday, 1911. 2011 also marks the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Holy Bible. Read a little more about both HERE.

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