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Book Giveaway: A Nod to 1911 Fans

In 1911, the history of firearms change forever with the adoption of the greatest pistol ever designed − the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 − now known the world over as the 1911. Here’s your chance to enjoy a celebration of the first century of the 1911, in 1911, The First 100 Years, written by Patrick Sweeney.

From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the best of today’s semi- and full-custom models, you’ll find it in 1911, The First 100 Years. This impressive, hardcover volume is loaded with beautiful color photographs collected from around the world, making it a fitting tribute to a pistol that is currently more popular than ever.

To enter the random drawing to win a copy of 1911, The First 100 Years, just post a comment below telling us about your interest in the 1911, or maybe about your collection of books written by Pat Sweeney! And, as always, you can also just say you’d like to win this book − it’ll make a handsome addition to any firearms library.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday (Aug. 21), and we’ll announce the winner on Monday (Aug. 22).

Good luck!

Also, be sure to check out our other great books and DVDs on the 1911, including:

THE RULES
One entry per person, please.
Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.
Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

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46 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: A Nod to 1911 Fans

  1. buck

    The 1911 is the Best firearm out there today barnone.
    My Dad had one in ww2 he said that it was always there when you needed it. I wish I had his old 1911.

  2. ekeith2000

    I’m currently trying to decide which one to get. There are SO many good ones. I would really like to win this book − it’ll make a handsome addition to any firearms library.

  3. Kodiak

    The Model 1911 was carried by my grandfater in WW1. My
    father carried a different version with inprovements in
    the Pacific as a Marine;then Korea from beginning to end.
    Father went in as China Marine.
    His oldest son carried a 1911 45ACP in Nam 1965-1969
    DaNang,Assiah Valley,Central Highlands, Khe Saun, & relief of contiem. We need to send time & AMMO teaching Male & Female Marines the 1911 if they learn to fire it
    correctly the enemy falls like sticks.

  4. richvwall

    One hundred years old and 1911 is still a modern handgun. It is a classic and a standard. It is what all other handguns want to be when they grow up.

  5. 1911David

    Howdy. I was a pistolsmithing apprentice to Mr. Jim Hoag in Southern California. Mr. Hoag was one of the late Jeff Cooper’s earliest associates and participated with “Bear Valley Gunslingers,” the predecessor to the Southwest Pistol League. I learned about the functions and modifications to the grand old pistol under his tutelage.

    I have admired, respected, and shoot the 1911 every chance I get, for some 35 years strong. No other pistol has all its attributes, and it remains the first choice of those at the very tip of the civilian and military spear. Long may it live.

  6. waltincranston

    No gun collection can be complete without a 1911. I’m waiting for my SR 1911 to come in. It’s a great gun, fun to shoot and impressive to handle. Do not want to be looking down the business end of this beauty.

    1. biggrumpy1

      I know what you mean, I think the 1911 in 45acp was and is still the best sidearm for the military. I think is was a big mistake to issue our troops the 9mm pipsqueak. By the way, I just bought a Taurus PT1911 (I know it is not a Colt) and I was very happy with the fit and finish. Now I can still shoot my 45acp while saving up to get an original Colt 1911 A1. Maybe this is what you (BearBurke) should do, so you don’t miss out on all the fun.

  7. wolfkiller

    My first handgun was a WWII 1911, I bought it in 1967 and had it restored by an old time gunsmith. It was the first of maybe 30 1911′s I owned, carried and loved.
    To this day, when I get up in the morning, I put on my pants and my 1911. I have bet my life and owe my life to the 1911, and will own and carry one as long as I can still breath.

    I would be honored to win this book, it will make a welcome addition to my other collection of books on the greatest military and personal defense pistol ever made.

  8. floridalee

    I would very much enjoy this volume, as I have been a fan of the 1911 since buying my fist gun, a Colt Series 70 Government Model, back in the 1970′s.

    JMB brainchild was close to perfection, and a century later it is still being used by the US with very few changes.

    If imitation is any indicator of how well a weapon functions, then the 1911 is regarded the world over as the best handgun ever designed.

    Happy Birthday 1911.

  9. n2ube

    Seldom does one redefine the craftsmanship of his industry as Mr. Browning did one hundred years ago. The 1911 is today nothing short of a testament to his genius.

  10. floridalee

    I would very much enjoy this volume, as I have been a fan of the 1911 since buying my fist gun, a Colt Series 70 Government Model, back in the 1970′s.

    JMB brainchild was close to perfection, and a century later it is still being used by the US with very few changes.

    And if imitation is any indicator of how well a weapon functions, then the 1911 is regards the world over as the best handgun ever designed.

    Happy Birthday 1911.

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