Every gun magazine will lead with an cover article, all the manufacturers will come out with commemorative guns, the gun forums are buying extra servers just to store the megathreads of love/hate posts that will be generated in the next 12 months.
It’s 2011, the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army adopting John Moses Browning’s auto loading pistol as the service sidearm. It’s an amazing run, really. It was originally outfitted with lanyard loops on both gun and magazine. The training manuals had a chapter on shooting from horseback. That it is anything more than a museum curiosity is a testament to the design. Even if you don’t like the 1911, think it outdated, heavy, slow, or dangerous, it influences every autoloading pistol design that follows.
So put me down on the fanboy list. When I bought my first handgun, it was a 1911. I shoot a 1911 in USPSA single-stack, and just writing this post makes me want to go looking… must resist…must resist…
Anytime I shoot any other handgun I am reminded how much I like my 1911s.
–FTG2Voge, writing on 1911forums.com