J. Frank Norfleet Posted February 14, 2021 Share Posted February 14, 2021 It's Valentines Day and here I am in a ground blizzard in NM; snow, 35 mph wind, 0 degrees with a windchill of -24. It's 61 degrees and sunny in AZ at the state WB match at Cowtown. Sorry I couldn't shoot with you. Because it is February 14, I am seeing all these memes celebrating the birthday of the 1911 as February 14, 1911. That is one of the patent dates roll stamped on slides of many 1911s. That patent date is actually for JMBs prototype, the Model 1909. The patent date for the 1911, as we know it, is August 19, 1913, the last patent date stamped on the slide. I know that how? I spent a lot of time on an article for the Cowboy Chronicle on the patent dates and the history of the 1911. Since it is in the online only version, nobody read it and I am making a shameless plug (pages 46-48). https://www.sassnet.com/Downloads/20eChron/20OctChronGO.pdf One of my motivations for writing the article was to show that the 1911 was developed as a cavalry pistol. JMB designed it so that it could be de-cocked and cocked with one hand. He envisioned it to be carried hammer down on a live round, like the single action pistol it would replace. Only at the insistence of the ordinance department did he add a thumb safety on the final version of the pistol. The history of the pistol is right there, stamped on the slide. JFN Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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