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The Marines have put in an order for 12,000 M1911 pistols, the iconic 45 caliber pistol designed by John Browning more than a 100 years ago and used by the American military for most of the first half of the 20th century.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • John Browning and his father were among the greatest firearms designers in history- as well as faithful Mormon pioneers. My 1911 inherited from my dad is a prized possession.

    PS- Thank you for the steady stream of great posts on your site, as well as the engaging discussions you have with John Bachelor.

  • The 1911 does have good stopping power: my father chose it as his sidearm in Vietnam precisely for that reason. However, my experience is that it’s too heavy and not well enough balanced for me to reliably put rounds on target in a rapid fire scenario. That, and the hammer tends to catch the web of my thumb. I much prefer the .40 S&W or the 9mm Glock. In a situation where I might have to use a pistol, I’d prefer to have a gun that’s comfortable and accurate for me.

  • Kelly Starks

    over a hundred years old and still thought to be the best handgun around.

    They probably could find a better one now a days – but I’m sure they are happy to go back to these after the 9mm Berrettas.

  • wade

    why empty the full clip of any 9mm to stop an opposition. one good aim with the .45 and its All Over……pun intended.

  • Patrick

    As many weapon instructors say.

    A pistol is only to get you out of a bad situation, or to get you to your rifle, to get you out of a bad situation.

    Its not for engaging the enemy or continuing the fight.

    And for those two roles the 1911 does just fine.

    If you follow police engagement stats the relation of hits to misses went up three fold when high capacity pistols replaced the standard sub10 round semi-auto and the 6 round revolver.
    Somehow cops missed more when they had more ammo to expend. Or they just cared or practiced less. Which do you think it is?

    I also like the idea that our sidearm will now be American designed and made.

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