100 Years of the 1911
On March 29, 1911, the M1911 was adopted by the military as its official sidearm. Since then, the M1911 has been produced by a variety of manufacturers, served in multiple wars, and undergone numerous improvements and customizations to become what it is today. From the article "A Look Back at the 1911."
Arms and The Man
While searching through back issues, AmericanRifleman.org found the very first advertisement for a 1911 pistol to ever run in an NRA publication. Even then, the 1911 held a fascination as one of the first reliable semi-auto handguns to be offered to the public.