Today is an important day. Something momentous happened this day in the year of 1911. On this day a tool invented by JMB and Colt would be officially adopted and that would be so superb that it would still be in widespread use over 100 years later. And it would be used in such a way that its use would determine life or death. It would have a major impact in wars to come. In law enforcement use and criminal use. It would see use in everything conceivable for a firearm to be used for. I doubt there is anywhere on this earth that man has gone that a M1911 had not gone along at some point in time.
The M1911 in particular, the M1911 and M1911A1 Colts have had a major influence in my life. I have been using the 1911 since a very early age. For many years the 1911 was the only pistol I had every fired. It was not until the late 80s early 90s before I shot anything other than the M1911 pistol and when I did, nothing felt right in my hand and never has. My life has been so influenced by the wonderful piece of art, that I live my life in such a way that I am never without one on my person or within reach and I have no desire to change that. I have owned over 30 and will buy and own who knows how many more.
As much as I love the M1911, I only have room in my heart for the ones made by the original maker., The real manufacturer. The company with over 100 years of experience making them for people like me to carry and depend on, for people going to war or Camp Perry. I have little use for cast slides and frames and MIM parts and polymer. Of course there are fine examples of pistols made in all those ways, but for the most part, they are not really for me, as good as some of them are.
I love all the variations but the original full size 5 inch government model is still the love of my life and today is its special day. Today March 29th is the day of official adoption of Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911.