This new book by Larry Vickers and James Rupley is a coffee table book that’s a testament to one of the most popular handguns in the United States for the past 100 years. Larry describes the influence the 1911 has had on him throughout his adult life as well as sharing his collection of 1911s as well as those of other 1911 enthusiast,world renowned gunsmiths and competitors.
Larry summarizes his experience below:
My journey with the Government Model 1911 pistol started in 1983 when I attended SOT (Special Operations Training) at Mott Lake on Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Since then I have served an entire career in Special Operations, with 15 years of it in Delta Force. I’ve carried the 1911 in combat, used it in IPSC and IDPA competitions, built custom versions for members of Delta, friends and others in the industry, and used it as the tool it was designed to be in my various handgun related classes. My experience with it has shaped my life in every way imaginable. *Vickers Guide* is a visual guide of the people and pistols that have shaped my life and my relationship with America’s favorite handgun. The one and only 1911. Enjoy.
The 342 pages of this book takes the reader on a journey through older 1911s, very rare early custom examples of the 1911 all the way through those 1911 models in modern current usage. The photography is a treat for the eyes. Since the book measures 13″ x 11″ the photographs are large showing the reader great detail of these works of art and skillful craftsmanship. The photos in this article are but a few of those within the Vickers 1911 Guide.
Of the many who contributed their insight and experience with the 1911 include those well known individuals such as Steve Nastoff, Wayne Novak, Armand Swenson and Larry Vickers. Additional commentary is provided by firearms expert and instructor Ken Hackathorn, world champion shooter Rob Leatham and custom builder Jason Burton.
This book is selling fast so if you happen to be a 1911 guy like myself you might want to buy one while you can. There are three types available the standard version at $95, signature edition (signed by Larry) $125 and the limited edition (signed with a personal message from Larry) $250.
I normally don’t read coffee table books I just thumb through the photos and move on. This time I read all 342 pages and honestly enjoyed the narratives of Larry and all those who contributed to this book. It makes a great addition to your gun library and general 1911 collection.