A few candid photos from the Centennial Pistol Class held at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz. The class celebrated the John M. Browning-designed firearm, featuring special presentations, as well as range time, in which participants only used 1911-style pistols. From "Gunsite Academy Honors M1911 100th Anniversary."
Since the mid-1980s, Para-Ordnance, now Para USA, has been enhancing a classic American firearm, the M1911 semi-automatic pistol. Recent changes have kept Para out of the spotlight for several years, but now, with a fresh catalog of feature-filled guns, the creators of the “double-stack” .45 are back and ready to turn up the heat in the M1911 consumer market.
If you’ve long dreamed of attending a class at the renowned Gunsite Academy but are up against the time and financial constraints of traveling to Paulden, Ariz., from somewhere "back east," you might be able to get now there by just gassing up your car.