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Old 06-09-2018, 10:06 AM
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Roadkingtrax View Post
Nothing else needed.

This one will be very useful for learning about the history, development, and usage of the M1911 and the M1911A1. I am sure it will have everything you want to know about the different manufacturers and rebuild facilities.

Thanks for being so helpful, Tim!


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This would be useful for maintenance, etc, not for education. I would not be surprised if the CMP didn't order a run of copies and include them with the pistols, as they did with the carbines.

There are multiple editions of this TM, with different titles (same FM #) and different content:

1940s - Automatic Pistol caliber .45, 1911 and 1911A1

1946 - 1970s - Pistols and Revolvers

Current FM 3-23.35 - Combat Training with Pistols, M9 and M11

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Old 06-09-2018, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by thebearpack View Post
US Military Automatic Pistols 1920-1945 by Edward Meadows (there is also a 1945-2012 volume).
Originally Posted by Shomway View Post
Thanks, just ordered a copy off eBay and saved 20%...$20 with the current Fathers Day discount code.......PICKDADSGIFT

Originally Posted by krdomingue View Post
Poyer's book is pretty good for the money.

The Clawson's big book is reputed to be the best authority out there, but it is to expensive for me.
Just bought Meadows' and Poyer's books off of Amazon. But then, I am a book nut. I also have two of Clawson's books - the big one and the collector one.

I like Poyer's books for quick parts checking. I realize that he always has some errors, but they all do, even Bruce Canfield's new The M1 Garand Rifle. NO slam on that book; it is fantastic. But discrepancies creep into any book, if only through editing, layout, and proofing errors.

Poyer is an easy first reference to start the checking of a particular part to a particular (date, mnaufacturer, etc.) firearm.

The more and different authors you read, the better you can form a gestalt in your own mind.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Old 06-14-2018, 08:09 PM
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In the same vein- W.Kuleck has more than one book out on numerous military firearms, very entertaining reads. A real down-to-earth writing style. He lives just north of Akron,Oh.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:31 PM
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:24 AM
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Very interesting info. Thanks Parkr
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:53 PM
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Old 12-11-2018, 12:27 AM
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Default 1911 History/Education?

This all started with my dad wanting a "military 45" a few years back. I did some digging and told him they were pretty pricey, probably something he couldn't afford (if he really wanted to spend the $$ he would have found a way, even if he was retired). Then I started reading and following up about the 1911 program, and told him I was going to get him his gun.

Unfortunately he passed December 30th of last year, but I decided I was going to follow through as a tribute to him. Knowing absolutely nothing about this particular firearm, would you guys be able to point me somewhere where I might get an education on them, whether it be on the net or recommended books? BTW my RNG is 1912, one off from the "golden ticket" but it looks like the time is getting near!
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:23 AM
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This is a good place to start. If you can get your hands on any of Chuck Lawson's books, that is a bonus, too (although they are out of print and getting pricey). There is plenty of info in the link above to get you going. Enjoy!
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Old 12-11-2018, 07:37 AM
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Joe Poyer’s book has been recommended here.


It is reasonably priced.

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