The Army's need: An automatic pistol with the stopping power of the .45 caliber Colt single action Army revolver. Colt and John Browning collaborated to meet the Army's need. The result was the greatest combat pistol ever designed. This book examines why the Army insisted on .45 caliber, the innovation required to meet that requirement, and how the model of 1911 beat the competition in reliability, function, and feel. The Model 1911 is compared to earlier Colt design iterations and pistols from other manufacturers through military reports, newspaper articles, and patent records. A unique perspective on an American icon.
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