Gun Digest Book of the 1911

Gun Digest Media has released a new edition of Patrick Sweeney’s best-selling treatise on the iconic 1911 pistol. 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition builds on his original tribute to the venerable 1911 .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol, which was published in 2011. This updated edition is loaded with new information, new photographs and new insight from experienced collectors and shooters.

Illustrated with full-color photographs collected from around the world, this book is a fitting tribute to a pistol that not only affected the outcomes of two world wars, but one that remains more popular than ever and is virtually unchanged today. This new, expanded edition now includes more history and more models of vintage and custom 1911 pistols, plus additional chapters on 1911 suppressors and the iconic handgun’s role on the silver screen.

Whether you’re a collector or shooter, or simply interested in the evolution of this truly classic American pistol, 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition is a must-have reference.

Copies of 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition are available at and major retailers. Order print and e-book copies today from Gun Digest Media online, or by calling (920) 471-4522, ext. 104 (product number R8048).


  • 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition, by Patrick Sweeney
  • Published by Gun Digest Books
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-946267-76-4
  • Hardcover
  • 8.25 x 10.875 inches
  • 320 Pages
  • Price: $32.99
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About the Author

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest Books’ best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I and II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, he is also a regular contributor to Gun Digest the Magazine.

About Gun Digest Media

Gun Digest has been the firearm industry’s premier publishing brand since 1944. In addition to the Gun Digest Annual, the imprint is home to the Standard Catalog of Firearms pricing guide and more than 150 active titles on handguns, rifles, shotguns, shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, self-defense and firearms history. Gun Digest Media brands include the Gun Digest Books imprint, Gun Digest the MagazineBLADE Magazine, BLADE Show and BLADE Show West. Visit for more information.

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