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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. pecon5

    Have owned my Colt 1911 Model 70 since 1980 . It’s the best gun I have every shot . I own other handguns that I like to shoot and share at the range with friends but my Colt is my go to gun for personal and home protection .

  2. jttrujillo

    Only the best handgun design ever! John Browning definitely designed “God’s Handgun”! My Colt’s and Springfield Armory 1911s are the only guns I trust for daily carry!

  3. tjktsci@comcast.net

    I currently own a 1911 colt made in 1922. It is a commercial model with Hogue grips. I once owned a 1911 government model from 1921 and a commercial 1911A1 from 1939. THis last one came from a Chicago Syndicate owned gambling joint that had operated in Franklin Park, il. for many years I bought from the guy who had run the place for the mob until they decided to close it in the mid 50’s. I guess they knew what was the best gun for protection and intimedation.

  4. rbgfishboy@gmail.com

    There simply isn’t ehough room to talk about the 1911 properly. It is simply a great, if not THE greatest semi auto pistol ever made. John M. Browning was a genius!!

    I have only owned one, but plan to add another soon. It was the very first gun of any type that I fired, and I’ve loved them ever since!

  5. wdshpbiz

    Every time I pick up one of my 1911s I continue to be amazed by the brilliance of John Browning’s design. A masterful design from a master designer. One hundred years and still going strong!

  6. nickE10mm

    I’m a true 1911 lover and fanatic. I’ve actually used my 1911’s for hunting, specifically in the 10mm flavor. Took my last two deer the last couple seasons with a 10mm 1911. Nothing beats it!

  7. Ted2

    I have 4 1911 pistols, latest is a Colt Ace 22 rim fire. What with the cost to feed my Gold Cup and service models I’m sure the Ace will save me money in ammo costs.

  8. fhedrickjr

    Have been interested in the .45 acp and in particular the 1911 for years. My Dad told stories of qualifying with the 1911 in WWII. My son had bought a Norinco about 14 years ago and I truly LOVED how it felt in my hand. I often said it was a “pussycat” in terms of felt recoil. My cousin has several 1911 pistols and convinced me to trade in a .40 cal on a 1911 pistol. (It honestly didn’t take much convincing). I would very honestly like to combine my 17 years as a Journeyman Machinist and the knowledge available in this book to start being able to work on and tune my 1911 and perhaps others as I acquire them. Of course, I would help out my Cousin too.

    1. fhedrickjr

      Almost forgot, My older Brother told stories how a 1911 actually/literally saved his life while a Machine gunner on an armed convoy while being partially overrun by VC. One of them was climbing onto his duce and a half with machette at the ready..suffice it to say the 1911 sealed his fate….

  9. SmokinScope

    I was one of the lucky ones: learned to shoot with a 1911 (later inherited from my dad). Carried as a survival weapon in VN. Accurate, reliable, and could get ammo anywhere. Stolen so I am now shopping for another that is (as the first one was) Model 1911 US NAVY; guess I need to hit the lottery first. Would love to have a great book about this great gun!!

    Gave up smokin to save for shooter!

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