Bill Clinton was busily securing his second term as President, folks were dancing the Macarena and my fiancée and I were just weeks away from sealing the deal.
But many years ago, Colt manufactured a series of its iconic 1911s that looked like standard pistols that had shrunk in the wash.This factory-engraved Colt 1911, made in 1914, was given to Col. Some 13,300 Model 1911s were sold to the British military between 19. The original factory-engraved National Match pistols produced from 1933 through 1941 had almost full coverage.This Government Model 1911A1 pistol is blued with Colt Grade “C” factory engraving and fitted with gold-inlaid ivory stocks. Glahn in 1925 as a gift from Connecticut Governor John H. Note the distinctive banner scroll around the National Match, Colt and caliber inscriptions on the right side, and around the manufacturer and patent dates on the left. The original factory-engraved National Match pistols produced from 1933 through 1941 had almost full coverage.If you spend enough time in the gun industry, you may be lucky enough to meet someone who really, really loves guns; someone who arguably loves them more than anyone else you have met.This concept can become somewhat subjective, especially when you consider the many facets within the industry – sub-machine guns, shotguns, bolt-action rifles, full-autos, 1911’s, etc.