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    It is a great acquisition, not just as a cool firearm, but a piece of disappearing history! The topic of the small front sight has been mentioned, does anyone know exactly why it was so minimal in these early models? Was John Browning expecting it to be marketed to a military market where at the time marksmanship might have been less an issue than dependable, effective rate of fire? I understand the gun has an inherent ability to be accurate with simple 'point and shoot' methods, does anyone know if that was the expectation that resulted in the minimal front sight engineering (and manufacturing) process?
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    Re: The small sights. I don't know Stacy, other than small sights would be a lot harder to knock off a combat weapon during rough use.
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    That is a fine old war horse!
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    Yep Leo, you certainly can find 'em! Nice snag!
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    Nice old pistol Leo!
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    I know very little about the 1911 or the 1911A-1. But even I can tell that is a great snag.

    Are those considered the “two tone” magazines?

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    The sights were regulated for the 230gr 45acp round to hit POA to POI back in 1910,1911. This gun was for the military for soldiers around 18 years old. Civilian sales came second and like a lot of civilian 1911's the sights were replaced with taller sights for older shooters. Nowadays a good pair of glasses help us older shooters to see the sights.

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    Yes that is the correct two tone magazine that were hardened after bluing. There is a very small "R" on the toe of the mag.
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    Very nice gun LEO, congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo918 View Post
    Yes that is the correct two tone magazine that were hardened after bluing. There is a very small "R" on the toe of the mag.
    Thank you.

    What is the significance of the R? Also, isn’t there supposed to be a lanyard staple on the magazine?

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