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few years ago I began competing in IDPA matches at
the Escambia River Muzzle
Loaders gun club in Pensacola,
Fla. In March 2011 the IDPA match
director decided to dedicate the
match to the 100th anniversary of
the M1911, so I knew I had to break
my old warhorse out of the safe
and shoot the entire match with it.
It did not disappoint.
My M1911 (that's me on the
right below) is a Colt with a serial
number under 30,000, making it an
early 1913 model. It belonged to
either my father or grandfather. I
remember my dad telling me they
each bought one from the DCM
Program in the 1950s for about
$17. My grandfather passed when
I was very young, and my dad, an
NRA member and NRA instructor,
passed in the 1970s. My brother
took one, and I received the other,
which I'm holding in the picture.
The photo shows me and my
friend Miles, who owns Trade Winds
Guns in Gulf Breeze, Fla., with our
original M1911s. His is a Springfield
from 1914. Several of the competitors asked us if we were really going
to shoot them, saying they would
leave them in a safe-both guns
performed flawlessly, however, even
after almost 100 years of service.
I don't shoot mine a great deal
anymore, but I do use it in another
way: Whenever I take an individual
or group out to introduce them to
the world of firearms, I always take
it with me. When we are nearly
done shooting, I bring it out as an
opportunity to shoot a piece of history and give them the opportunity
to enjoy it as much as I do. They
always leave the session with a different perspective of firearms, and
big grins on their faces.
BILL LAWSON, FLORIDA

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