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08-12-2011, 10:58
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FAIRFAX, VA – In celebration of 100 years of the Model 1911, the National Firearms Museum will have a special display at the National Rifle & Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio from July 14-17. The commemorative exhibit, located in Building 950, will feature pistols that illustrate the path to the very first Model 1911?s and showcase the evolution of the classic design which would change the history of American military handguns.

“The Colt Model 1911 is an important part of American military history and the history of the National Matches at Camp Perry. Each year, more than 2,000 NRA and Civilian Marksmanship Program competitors bring their Model 1911?s to shoot the NRA National Outdoor Conventional Pistol Championships and the CMP Trophy Pistol Matches,” said Mike Krei, Director of NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division.

The Model 1911, commonly referred to as the M1911, was created out of necessity following the carnage of the Philippine-American War. The American military recognized the need to upgrade from the standard military issue revolver to a more powerful service sidearm that could deliver the necessary stopping power to prevent lethal encounters at close range.

Five of the pistols in the display were part of the U.S. Service Pistol Trials that paved the way for the military’s adoption of the M1911. The first is a Luger 1901, one of one thousand 7.65 mm purchased for initial testing by the U.S. Cavalry in 1901. There will also be three 1907 models chambered in .45 caliber in the display, including the Grant-Hammond 1907 Trials Pistol bearing serial number one, a Colt Model 1907 Trials Pistol, and the prototype Savage Model 1907, also serial number one. The final pistol, critical to the early stages of the M1911, is the Early Colt M1911*with serial number 4. This pistol was part of the first group of Colt-manufactured M1911?s shipped in January 1912.

After the adoption of the M1911*by the U.S. military, Colt began initial production along with

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El_Ron1
08-12-2011, 11:52
from July 14-17 I'm on it!

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Jason D
08-12-2011, 16:35
They had an awesome Highpower collection here a few years back.

lawdog734
08-12-2011, 21:18
I wish I would have know that when I was there on the 14th.....