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1911: The First 100 Years

By Patrick Sweeney

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Z7019

You’ll Love This Hardcover Book If:

  • You just plain adore the 1911 and enjoy stunning full-color 1911 photos
  • You want ideas on the best 1911s
  • You carry concealed and need advice on 1911s for CCW

In 1911: The First 100 Years, take a journey back through a century's development and history of John M. Browning's timeless pistol design, the .45-caliber M1911. Even if you have just a passing interest in the 1911, this fully-illustrated full color hardcover book belongs in your library. But if you're a real diehard fan of the 1911, this classy, well-researched book will be the centerpiece of your references. You'll learn about everything from the origins and earliest designs of the handgun to today's hottest tactical 1911s for concealed carry and competition.

Chapters include The Momentous Year of 1911; How Did We Get Here?; The Trials of the Century; Before the Great War; The Great War; Between the Wars; WWII; The Postwar Era; New Colts and New 1911s; Reinventing the 1911: Jeff Cooper and IPSC; Early Custom 1911s; Thrown Out of Work; Expansionary Inflation and IPSC; Everyone Makes a 1911; Custom 1911s for a New Century; Engraving; The New Fighting Tool and The Future of the 1911.

In 1911: The First 100 Years You’ll Learn:

  • The historical development of the 1911
  • How the 1911 works, design details
  • How to choose and customize the 1911 for your needs

A Word From the Author:

"...this is not a collector’s minutiae book. I’m not going to try and nail down the serial number gap between changes in the radius of a particular machine operation or try to detail the five types of slide stops that were accepted by the Department of Defense. Oops, there I go, being anachronistic. Before the change, it was The War Department. No, if you want to track down serial number fonts and inspectors’ stamps, there are plenty of books for that. Were I to do the same thing, I’d simply be providing you with the same information they’ve already ferreted out. Not my style. We have a long road ahead of us: not just in this book, but in life and times. Some of the firearms you’ll see herein are truly one of a kind, as all the other examples of them have been lost to wars, confiscations, use and abuse. But they’re 1911s. So enjoy! " — Patrick Sweeney

Check Out This Free Excerpt From 1911: The First 100 Years:

Gun Photos: Collectible and Custom 1911s: You’ll have a hard time keeping your hands and eyes off these collectible and custom 1911s. View Photo Gallery

About the Author:

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books' best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.

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SKU Z7019
Additional Feature 400 color photos
Author/Speaker/Editor Patrick Sweeney
File/Trim Size 8.5 x 11
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781440211157
Number Of Pages 288

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Fantastic Review by Donald

Have read this a number of times over and have found that is one of the most fantastic,it has great photo's and tells you all you need to know, this book is also well made with it's hard-cover,I give this great book 5 stars. Don.

(Posted on 8/29/2013)

GREAT reading on the 1911 Review by Vince Morgillo

This is one of the best books Patrick Sweeney has written. Great reading, a lot of new material. I would strongly recommend this book to any firearms enthusiast and especially to anyone who respects the 1911 or is confused why it is still the greatest pistol in history.

(Posted on 1/13/2011)

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