By Kyle Jillson | March 30 2011 16:53

NRA Foundation receives 100th Anniversary Model 1911 from Colt Manufacturing on NRAblog

If this morning's post about the commemorative Model 1911 Colt got the gun collector in you to perk up your ears, here are some details about this exquisite collectors piece.

The pistol was created by Colt in honor of the 100th anniversary of their 1911 pistol. Based on the Model 01918, the pistol is the result of more than 300 painstaking hours of hand engraving by Colt master engravers in classic American style scroll. There are authentic ivory grips with shots of Sam Colt on one side and a WWI Doughboy on the other, high relief 24 karat gold inlays reading “100 years of Faithful Service,” and the Colt Dome on the slide, and a profile of John Browning with the serial number “1911COLT001” on the right. The left side includes the text “1911 2011” with the Rampant Colt inlaid in the center.

Once formally accepted by the Army in the year 1911, the pistol was designated as the Colt Model 1911 and adopted by the Navy and Marine Corps in 1913. During a century of service, the 1911 became a staple of the United States military and as an iconic symbol for it. Among those who used it, the 1911 won a reputation for unmatched ruggedness, reliability and effectiveness.

This one-of-a-kind firearm is now being auctioned on along with a hand-made walnut museum-style display case donated by Brookfield Case of Coopersville, Michigan. The auction will end during The National NRA Foundation Banquet at the 2011 NRA Annual Meetings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To commemorate this rare opportunity, the winning bidder will receive Colt's hand-drawn sketches, signed by each of the engravers, in a custom frame with NRA coin and lapel pin. The future 1911COLT001 owner will also receive a personal tour of Colt's Manufacturing Facility in Connecticut with a Colt Executive.

Lieutenant General William M. Keys, USMC (ret.), President and Chief Executive Officer of Colt's Manufacturing Company, stated, "In 1911, we teamed up with John Browning and commissioned him to design a pistol chambered in .45 Automatic Colt Pistol to win the Army's new pistol competition. Now, 100 years later, it's our rare privilege, as the original maker of the Model 1911 pistol, to team up with The NRA Foundation to furnish this Anniversary Model for sale to the highest bidder.

“Colt’s generous donation will assist The NRA Foundation in securing the future of NRA’s programs for the American public to experience,” said John DaSilva, National Manager, Events and Marketing of NRA Field Operations. “The support from our industry partners is vital in our successful mission and grassroots efforts to service the needs of NRA’s programs.”

In case you missed the post earlier today, tickets to the 2011 National NRA Foundation Banquet are almost gone. To purchase some, visit or call 703-267-1417. Live bidding on the pistol is currently underway at and concludes on the night of the event on 4/28 at 9:00 PM EST.

The NRA Foundation is the country’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, awarding more than $140 million in grants since its inception in 1990. Through its efforts, the Foundation provides essential funding for programs such as youth education, law enforcement training, conservation, and marksmanship training.


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