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Contact: 1LT Vincent Solomeno, (732) 974-5966

Museum Commemorates 100 Years of the M1911

Lawrenceville - The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey Lawrenceville Annex recently opened an exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Armed Forces’ adoption of the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  Designed by John Browning and selected in 1911 as the standard sidearm for soldiers, sailors, and marines, the Colt M1911 was used in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  Today, it remains in use by soldiers of elite Special Forces units.

“This sidearm is considered by many the greatest military sidearm ever produced,” said Colonel (Ret.) Jon Gribbin, the museum’s resident expert on firearms.  “In fact, at least 56 Medal of Honor recipients earned their medal while using the M1911 in battle.”

The exhibit at the Lawrenceville Annex features several historic M1911 variants from the museums extensive weapons collection.  The display also contains a history of the pistol; a biography of the famous designer, weapon characteristics; a field-stripped weapon, holsters and web belts from WWII and Korea, as well as a clip and ammunition; an original manual; and a GI cleaning kit. 

The Lawrenceville Annex is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Groups may call Colonel (Ret.) Donald Kale, Curator Emeritus, at (609) 530-6802 to arrange tours by appointment.

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