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GUNS Magazine January 2011 - Page 44
colT’S Y ou’ve been building the world’s greatest semiautomatic pistol for 100 years. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, it is the most flattered pistol of all times with dozens of other manufacturers and custom gun builders copying the original design. Since 1911 it has been applauded, denounced, chopped, channeled, tuned, tightened, melted, Commander-ized, miniaturized, barrel-shortened, barrel lengthened, fitted with sights of all different descriptions, Picatinny-railed, guide-rodded, turned into a superbly accurate target pistol, emerged as the world’s finest combat pistol, and in addition to the original .45 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge, has also been chambered in a long list of cartridges from .22 LR to .50 GI. In spite of the preponderance of “plastic pistols” especially during the last two decades it still remains the number one choice of shooters and more pistolsmiths specialize in the 1911 than all others combined. So what do you do for the next 100 years? My friend Gary Reeder, who builds some of the finest custom revolvers, has perhaps basically said it best with the statement there are no finer pistols made today than Colts. In the past year I have tested five brand new, factory built 1911s in .45 ACP, .38 Super, and 10mm, and I have to agree with him. Now Colt stands on the threshold of the second century of semi-automatic pistols. Do they just build a commemorative model and continue going on as normal, or do they do something different, really radically different? They have chosen the latter path and shooters will reap the benefits. Of course, along with Commemorative Models, they will continue to produce a long line of excellent pistols based on the 1911 platform. However, John Taffin PhOTOS: Robbie barrkman rIGhT here, rIGhT now! C D b A 44 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY 2011 The nexT 100 yearS STarTS