Auto-Ordnance Victory Girls, Fly Girls 1911s
Auto-Ordnance designed the Victory Girls 1911 to honor the women whose strength drove industry at home in support of the war. Beginning with a base 1911A1 Gi Model in .45 ACP, it features a standard 5-inch barrel, seven-round magazine and Us property logo wood grips. The Victory Girls model also comes with deep cut laser engraving of a pin-up on the right side. Meanwhile, a classic “Rosie the Riveter” adorns the left side. It also features the USAAC Star Roundel on both sides of the frame. Finally, the pistol wears a worn look with a two-color Cerakote finish of Armor Black and Gunmetal Grey.
The Fly Girls 1911 hones the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). The WASPs played a vital role in the war effort. More than 1,000 women served as pilots during WWII, taking on vital roles operating aircraft in non-combat positions. These women became aviation pioneers, facing all of the risks and challenges shared by all pilots of the time period. By war’s end, 38 women lost their lives in service of their country.
The right side of the Fly Girls 1911 features the diamond shaped badge of the Women’s Air Corps. It features a design patterned after Greek goddess Athena’s shield. Nearby are the years of WASP service, 1941-1947, along with the slogan “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Engraved on the left side is the title “Original Fly Girls,” and the cartoon gremlin “Fifinella,” a Walt Disney design, used as the official WASP mascot during WWII. The Army Air Corps Roundel, on both sides of the slide, completes the package.
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The WASPs of WWII
Want more on the legendary WASPs of World War II? Then you’re in luck, as the newest edition of Tactical Life just happens to feature the back story on the ladies that helped win the war.
Peter Suciu tells the fascinating back story about how these lady pilots came to be. More than 1,000 women eventually graduated the 30-week training course and took to the skies. The WASPs faced resentment, 2/3 pay, and the dangers of a world at war. But the WASPs prevailed and impressed.
“You and more than 900 of your sisters have shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your brother,” said Gen. Arnold before the final WASP graduating class. “If ever there was a doubt in anyone’s mind that women can become skillful pilots, the WASPs have dispelled that doubt…I want to stress how valuable I believe this whole WASP program has been for the country.”