The Colt Model 1911: The Fifty-First Gun on the List

In the year-plus since I compiled Field & Stream's 50 greatest guns list, I've had time (and incentive from many readers) to think on which guns I'd add or subtract if I had it to do again.

Without question, the gun I’d add would be the Model 1911 Colt automatic. It was left off because we tried to limit the 50 firearms to sporting guns, and the 1911 is not. But it’s not only one of the 50 greatest guns; it’s one of the great inventions of the 20th century. John Browning’s pistol has never been surpassed in the nearly 100 years it’s been around.

Can you name any other machine with such a record? If it were not a gun, the Model 1911 would be celebrated everywhere as the work of genius it is.