Celebrate The 1911 Pistol on Gun Talk Television
MANDEVILLE, LA –-(Ammoland.com)- The pistol many consider the highest achievement of the genius gun designer John Browning — more popular now than when created more than a century ago — stars this week on Gun Talk, the action-packed television series airing on the VERSUS cable network.
“What other consumer product can you think of,” said show host Tom Gresham, “that has been in continuous use — basically unchanged — for 100 years? It's amazing. It's pure genius.”
For the episode about the 100th birthday of the .45 auto, Gun Talk crews traveled to Alabama to visit with firearms instructor Tiger McKee, who wrote “The Book of Two Guns,” a treatment about the 1911 and the AR-15 rifle.
Gresham and crew also went to Gunsite, in Arizona, where Col. Jeff Cooper proclaimed the 1911 to be the best fighting handgun, and created a school — and a movement — that celebrates this legendary firearm to this day.
While this go-to firearm was actually created before the year 1911, the U.S. Army formally adopted it on March 29, 1911, earning it the name M1911, or Model 1911.
As the standard- issue military sidearm until 1985, the 1911 aided soldiers in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
Still used by military, law enforcement, and the general public, the popularity of the 1911 continues to grow.
It's possible that no one really knows just how many companies manufacture 1911 pistols, as there seems be new introductions every week.
Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio is in its 15th year of national syndication, Gun Talk Radio airs live on Sundays from 2PM-5PM Eastern, and runs on 101 stations, plus SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio. All Gun Talk shows can be downloaded as podcasts through Apple iTunes, the Gun Talk iPhone App, the Blackberry Podcast App, or at www.guntalk.libsyn.com. More information is available at www.guntalk.com.