The fact that modern manufacturers are still producing the 1911 pistol almost 100 years after its inception is testimony to the design genius and foresight of John Moses Browning. Not only is the old warhorse still going, but it’s also evolved in many ways, carving out new roles and niches along the way.

springfieldmar2.jpgPlaying a major role in the military as the nation’s sidearm for over half a century, and perhaps making up only a small, though ever-present contingent in law enforcement, it eventually seemed to disappear almost altogether in the era of excessive litigiousness that we live in today. Police administrators began cringing at the thought of, let alone the sight, of these dinosaurs with their exposed, cocked-and-locked hammers.

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