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GUNS Magazine January 2013 Digital Edition - Page 42

Big green goes Mike “dUke” VentUrino PHotos: roBBie BarrkMan w 42 hen I heard Remington was bringing out a 1911 pistol, I actually did have this thought, “well if any of the modern 1911 manufacturers besides colt has a legitimate claim to seeing their name on 1911 pistols it is Remington.” now understand this: I’m not referring to world war II uS Model 1911A1s made by and marked “Remington Rand.” That was a typewriter company. that year, notwithstanding that America’s military forces were totally unprepared. The US Army possessed no machine guns, no tanks, no fighter planes, few rifles, and fewer handguns. John M. Browning designed his self-loading, .45-caliber pistol for Colt. That company submitted it to the US Army’s Ordnance Board for trials. It was accepted in the spring of 1911 as the US Model 1911, chambered for the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP). Colt was aware they could not produce The 1911s I’m referring to were those contracted for by the US Government in 1917 with Remington-UMC, the arms manufacturer. President Woodrow Wilson had the United States declare war on Germany in April of W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3

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