An excerpt from a recent issue of Pistols & Revolvers, our members-only newsletter:
As much as I enjoy military history, handguns, shooting, and the Second Amendment, I actually don’t own a 1911 style pistol. In fact, my 1911 experience is quite limited, having only fired a Colt Lightweight Commander, Wilson CQB, and Taurus PT 1911. Without a doubt, each of those guns and the 1911 platform overall have proved quite impressive. And in the 100th anniversary of the venerable 1911, it’s easier than ever to see the thoughtfulness and innovation in John Moses Browning’s seemingly timeless pistol design.
Here’s where I might get in trouble with 1911 purists: My preferred handgun is a Glock 19 or a Smith & Wesson J-frame. To demonstrate, however, my open-mindedness to trying out new (or old) design philosophies in handguns, I acquired a new Colt 1911. It is not, however, a five-inch barreled Government Model. Nor is it a Commander-sized version. Instead I picked the three-inch barreled Colt Defender, a design that some say would never be approved of by Mr. Browning.
It’s a fun article and it’s just a sampling of what you get when you join the Handgun Club of America. Only $24/year.