Posted July 3, 2019 6:30 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

America’s Freedom is rooted in firearms history and a number of domestic designs today carry on the “Spirit of 76.” (Photo: Chris Eger/
With Independence Day upon us, there is no better time to look at some of the most classic American firearms of all time, all of which are still in production.
These guns, the functional steel equivalent of Neil Armstrong, Mount Rushmore or the Liberty Bell, have in some cases been around for well over a century and withstood the test of time, marking a place in firearms history that is uniquely red, white, and blue.
Colt 1911
This early Colt-made M1911 came off the lines in 1913 and was carried during the 1916 Punitive Expedition against Mexican rebel leader Pancho Villa. (Photo: Chris Eger/
Springing from the mind of no less a firearms genius than John Moses Browning, his M1911 Government Issue in .45ACP was the end-result of a multi-year effort to give the U.S. Army the best handgun the country could make. Now an icon, the Colt long slide had been copied, emulated, duplicated and minted in numbers that reach into the millions and most American handgun companies produce their own version of it — as well as a number overseas


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