Mr. Browning’s masterpiece; The 1911: still going strong!

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Is it the year?  Most definitely!  In fact, it’s the year!  The year in which Mr. Browning unveiled his most prolific weapon ever… the 1911 pistol.

In very long standing (over a hundred years now), the 1911 remains one of the finest handguns ever created and has a real history in American culture.  From World War I, World War II, Korea, as well as Vietnam it has garnered the faith and trust of many American soldiers. 

Developed by the son of a gunsmith, John Moses Browning (as I understand it), got the idea of wanting to harness and use the gases produced from the firing of a weapon to actually cock the gun, thus creating a faster firing rate.  While out hunting with a friend one day, Mr. Browning noticed that every time his friend fired, the long grass around him would bend from the muzzle blast.  The idea was stuck in his head, and working in part with Colt went on to develop what has now become the standard in semi-automatic handguns.