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Rarest 1911 Ever: Browning's Original Army Prototype

Rarest 1911 Ever: Browning's Original Army Prototype

Craig Boddington recently traveled to the John M. Browning Firearms museum to check out the two rarest 1911s ever — the original Browning Colt 1911 prototypes. Browning designed two pistols to send to the Army trials and, surprise, they passed with flying colors after over 6,000 rounds.

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