Did you know that the first 5 years of the proto-1911 were chambered for .38 ACP? That the first 8 years had no manual safety OR grip safety? That the US wanted to field test the .45 caliber Luger, but DWM wasn't interested?
When I was recently at the Rock Island Auction Company, I noticed that in their upcoming December 2014 Premier Auction are examples of almost every iteration of the Colt Automatic Pistol. I took advantage of the opportunity to put together this video on the evolution of the design. First the model 1900 "sight safety", then the 1902 Sporting and Military, the 1903 Pocket Hammer, the 1905 military, the Savage .45 that it competed against, the WWI-era 1911, the 1924 transitional model, and finally the WWII-era 1911A1. All the guns in this video (and many others) will be sold at RIA on the weekend of December 6th. If you are interested in any of them, you can see Rock Island's catalog for the whole auction here: