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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2011 Digital Edition - Page 48
This elegant photo by Chuck Pittman shows off the Anniversary Colt for what it is — a compelling icon. John Taffin John found the tiny rear sights a challenge, but is leaving them intact to keep the flavor of this new/old 1911. Colt included original-style controls on this anniversary edition, a true clone of the original! ColT’s 100 W Th anniv. EdiTion 48 hen John Browning’s .45 Colt 1911 celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 1961, shooters had exactly one choice when it came to the greatest selfloading pistol ever developed, and that was the original still being manufactured by Colt. Now that we are in the 100th anniversary year, 1911s abound from more than 40 manufacturers, many of which have produced an anniversary model. Good pistols all, however only one can claim to be the original, only one can still say “COLT” on the slide. Colt is still making the 1911 in several versions, and those I have tested in the last year, three .45s, a .38 Super and a 10mm, have all been superb pistols. To put it simply, Colt is doing it right. And that continues with their version of the original, the Colt 100th Anniver- WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2011