By Patrick Sweeney
In 1911, the background of firearms replaced ceaselessly with the adoption of the best pistol ever designed, the automated Pistol, quality .45, M1911--known this day easily because the 1911. Now, in a single attention-grabbing, illustrated quantity, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the a hundredth anniversary of the best combating handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings mythical 1911 .45. From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the simplest of brand new semi- and full-custom versions, you will find it in 1911: the 1st a hundred Years. Lavishly illustrated with photos accrued from around the globe, 1911: the 1st a hundred Years is a becoming centennial tribute to a pistol that's this day extra renowned than ever. For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for an individual drawn to big-bore handguns or the evolution of this really American vintage, this can be a must-have quantity
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Indd 54 5/26/10 9:05:05 AM CHAPTER 4: BEFORE THE GREAT WAR just right. Unfortunately, that wasn’t easy. Early on, the magazines were the weak link. A method of cyanide-hardening the lips of the magazine was developed, which produced a magazine that was two-tone. The hardened part of it would stay bright and not take blueing. But the corners of the folds would be stress points, and the tubes would crack. So Colt designed magazines for a while that are known as “keyhole” mags. To give the lips enough flex to feed, but hardness enough to not bend, the spine of the magazine was punched, and a slot also stamped out from the hole upwards.
At the beginning of The Great War, the American Navy was among the largest and newest afloat. While we did not have the total size of the fleets of Great Britain, Germany, or Russia, a larger percentage of our largest ships were brand-new. The Great White Fleet, four squadrons of American naval vessels which circumnavigated the world from 1907-09, were not even the newest part. By 1917, nearly half of the US fleet had been built after 1910. Since the Colt still had problems, the Army ordered However, the another test.
To get some info the M-1900 has always had a repu- on that, two officers – infantry Colonel tation for fragility, and that fragil- Thompson and Medical Corps Major ity could only have been a spur LaGarde – were tasked with finding out. to further design, testing and de- It is popular today to be a bit scornful velopment by Browning. It is apparently of the Thompson-LaGarde tests. After pretty common all, they didn’t do in the collector’s things in a thorworld to find Mough and scien1900, 1902, 1903 tific method.
1911 : the first 100 years by Patrick Sweeney