The Celebration of the World’s Greatest Pistol Continues!
The year was 1911. The history of firearms would change forever with the adoption of what would become the greatest pistol ever designed, the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 — known today simply as the 1911. Now, in this expanded 2nd Edition, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the century-plus legacy of the greatest fighting handgun ever conceived, John M. Browning’s legendary 1911 .45.
From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to today’s semi- and full-custom models, you’ll find it in 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition. Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs collected from around the world, this book is a fitting tribute to a pistol that not only affected the outcomes of two World Wars but one that remains more popular than ever and is virtually unchanged today. This new, enlarged edition now includes more history and more models of vintage and custom 1911 pistols, plus additional chapters on 1911 suppressors and the iconic handgun’s role on the silver screen.
Whether you’re a collector or shooter, or simply interested in the evolution of this truly American classic pistol, 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition is a must-have reference.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Momentous Year of 1911
Chapter 2: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3: The Pistol Trials of the Century
Chapter 4: Before the Great War
Chapter 5: The Great War
Chapter 6: Between the Wars
Chapter 7: World War II
Chapter 8: The Postwar Era
Chapter 9: New Colts and Other 1911s
Chapter 10: Reinventing the 1911: Jeff Cooper and IPSC
Chapter 11: Early Custom 1911s
Chapter 12: Thrown Out of Work
Chapter 13: Expansionary Inflation, IPSC and Bowling Pins
Chapter 14: Everyone Makes a 1911
Chapter 15: Custom 1911s for a New Century
Chapter 16: Engraved 1911s
Chapter 17: The New Fighting Tool
Chapter 18: Suppressors: Silencing the 1911
Chapter 19: The 1911 in Hollywood
Chapter 20: The Future of the 1911
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 and 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, he is also a regular contributor to Gun Digest the Magazine.