With sales started in 2011, the 100th Anniversary of the 1911 pistol is our oldest NRA® project. Designed with and licensed by the NRA®, this pistol is made to commemorate the famous 1911 .45, as well as the men and women who have served our country since its creation. This pistol features the battle maps of every war and conflict the 1911 has been used in over the last century.
The edition is limited to 100 for each state; several states have sold out. It is built on an Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 .45ACP. Each sale helps support the NRA® in their ongoing commitment to protecting the Second Amendment!
100th Anniversary of the 1911
Please note that the following states have been sold out and are no longer available:
Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming.
As of November 21, 2013, the following states are close to being sold out:
Alabama (1 left), Arizona (3 left), Colorado (7 left), Missouri (3 left), Utah (2 left).
In 2011, we proudly teamed up with the National Rifle Association® to mark the 100th anniversary of John Browning’s model 1911 pistol. Used in every American war and conflict since its invention, the 1911 is perhaps the most well-known gun in history. From World War I, up to the conflicts of today, the 1911 has been carried by millions of service-men and –women.
The artwork on this weapon was designed in conjunction with the NRA®. Each side of the slide shows a visual history of every war America has fought, from 1911 to modern times. We have taken painstaking steps to guarantee the accuracy of each map, down to the 38th parallel in Korea. Each map is carefully labeled with important cities, battlefields, and troop movements. The top of the slide is engraved with a quote dedicating the edition to “the men and women who served our country for the last 100 years.” Also on top is the NRA® logo, displaying their ongoing fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. The bottom of the barrel is engraved with a portrait of John Browning, honoring both him and his important place in firearm history.
The grips are made of maple. The right grip features the famous image of the flag-raising at Mr. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. The left grip is engraved with the state and number that you pick out, as well as the words “National Rifle Association.”
Built on an Auto-Ordnance 1911A1, this edition is chambered in .45ACP. We strip the Parkerization off the original gun, engrave it, and blue over the engravings with jeweler’s grade nickel plating on the slide and barrel. The buttons, pins, levers, and screws are all plated with 24k gold. This is a true gold-plating that will not flake or wipe off on your hands, and is as durable as good bluing.
Despite all of the engraving and embellishment, these guns are fully-functional and ready to shoot! You can shoot it with confidence, knowing that it won’t fall apart or be ruined. Should you ever want it restored to its pristine condition, we will re-plate and re-engrave it for a minimal charge.
Each pistol comes with an oak display case, engraved with the state and number of the pistol.
Each sale helps support the NRA in their ongoing battle to support our right to keep and bear arms.