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12-31-2011, 16:40
In the beginning of the year I decided to purchase a Colt Gunsite Pistol for the centennial anniversary. Took delivery in early March and brought it to the range for first shots on March 29th, the date of acceptance of the 1911 as the standard U.S. service pistol. Two of the range officers present fired the piece at my invitation. Neither had ever fired a 1911 before and they were both thrilled with the weapon and the historical significance of the date. It was a great way to celebrate the anniversary.

The Gunsite Colt was attractive to me in that it is current production, has no firing pin safety and reminds me of my trip to Gunsite 19 years ago. It has been a flawless performer so far and makes a nice addition to the collection.

Next up, in August I picked up a Talo Edition Colt Wiley Clapp Commander. It is my only lightweight 1911 and came with a short trigger and GI thumb safety, both of which I had changed out to my preferences. This pistol also possesses the attributes of being new Colt production with no infernal firing pin safety. It fits very well in the hand and is pleasurable to shoot even though it is an alloy framed weapon. It is not on the carry permit, but makes a great reserve in case there are any problems with my summer carry Kimber Compact Stainless.

12-31-2011, 16:40
In August I attended the Vickers/ Hackathorn 1911 Centennial class in Marietta, Ohio. Present were Bill and Ryan Wilson and quite a few other Wilson employees as students in the course. Prior to meeting them I did not have much interest in acquiring a Wilson Combat pistol. However, after shooting and socializing with them it became apparent that as individuals and as a company they are fully invested in the quality of their product and take great pride in the production of fine 1911’s.
During lunch breaks all of the Wilson staff put their pistols out on the line for other students to examine and shoot as much as they wanted. When I suggested they bring the weapons in under the overhead to get them out of the rain the rep replied “rain doesn’t bother our guns, they are built to shoot”. The tipping point for me was handling and firing one of their pistols and drawing a happy face on the target with it at 15 yards in a pouring rain.

I placed my order for a CQB Elite upon my return home. The quoted delivery time put the acquisition estimate in February of 2012. As the 1911 gods would have it, the pistol was delivered to my dealer the day after my 50th birthday in December, thereby making it the final acquisition of my 1911 anniversary purchase efforts.

The gun is gorgeous, and the fact that it has been custom built with every feature I want and none that I do not makes it just that more special. It shoots like a house on fire and I believe it will be my every day carry once it is on my permit. It is the crown jewel of my collection and is the definition of pride of ownership.

Here you have it; the results of a year long celebration of one of the finest handheld fighting implements ever designed by man, that man being John Moses Browning. Hope you enjoyed the anniversary as much as I did.

12-31-2011, 16:57
Great looking 1911's!! Congrats!

I bought two 1911's this year...a COlt Delta Elite and a Dan Wesson CBOB in 10mm. :)


12-31-2011, 17:22
I'm suffering from a caliber inferiority complex now, LOL!

12-31-2011, 17:49
Congrats! Some good looking guns. :thumbsup:

12-31-2011, 18:28
That's a handsome trio of some fantastic weapons. Good story too - thanks for sharing!

12-31-2011, 19:21
Epic "1911" tribute year for sure. I like that Wilson

Two Guns
12-31-2011, 19:47
Very nice set of 1911's.

12-31-2011, 19:47
No way could 2012 be better than that. Happy year and happy New Year!!!!!

12-31-2011, 19:49
Very nice

Congrats! :cool:

12-31-2011, 22:27
Thank you all.

Let's hear/see what everyone purchased during the anniversary year! Could be a good thread...............

12-31-2011, 22:50
Nice pics. :cool:

12-31-2011, 23:35
Thank you all.

Let's hear/see what everyone purchased during the anniversary year! Could be a good thread...............

Nothing special, but still something.

01-01-2012, 00:46
Looks good to me. Congrats.

01-01-2012, 00:49
That is so awesome my friend:thumbsup:

01-01-2012, 01:45
Very nice.



01-01-2012, 11:43
Nothing special, but still something.

I picked up one of those at the LGS and was impressed. They seem to be very solidly built guns and the trigger on the display model was VERY good.



ca survivor
01-01-2012, 13:14
nice 1911's a good way to celebrate the 100's, congrats and enjoy them

ca survivor
01-01-2012, 13:21
Nothing special, but still something.
of course is special is yours and I like it too.....this is my 1911 there is many more......never mind....enjoy :wavey:

01-01-2012, 21:50

You need a Colt in .38 Super. That's all I'm gonna say about it!!!

01-01-2012, 22:04
I was never and still am not a gaga-eyed fan of the M1911 platform. HOWEVER, 2011 is the 100th birthday for the M1911, I figured what the hell might as well get some. Before 2011, I had three M1911s: SW Gunsite, an old Springfield Armory GI and a recent Springfield Armory Loaded. In 2011, I started out with a Colt Government Model in .38 Super and the list grew to include the Gold Cup, Gunsite Service Pistol, Combat Commander 9mm, El Centauro .38 Super, Delta Elite, M1991A1 Compact, XSE Lightweight Commander, and most recent Talo CCO. Of course, I had to buy try out a Filipino jobber - the ATI M1911 GI (this gun is now in the hands of one of my old friend whose husband I gave the Springfield GI to a couple of months back).

I've discovered two things: a) the .38 Super is a hell of a fun round, b) the Commander size is what I prefer, and c) The vintage National Match/Gold Cup are so sexy. So for 2012, I'm going to have to hunt me up a .38 Super Commander of some type and a nice old National Match that's in as good of a shape as I can find.

01-01-2012, 22:07
I'm jealous.

01-01-2012, 22:20
Verrrrryyyy nice additons, sir.

38 super, eh?

Will it never end? I now have 14 1911 pattern pistols. If I start on a new caliber who knows the depths of my depravity?

01-03-2012, 00:00
Those are nice 1911s though most look like series 80. I very much prefer not having a firepin block and the shorter trigger of the series 70.