Designed by John Browning, the Model 1911 was the standard-issue side arm for the United States armed forces from 1911 to 1985 and is still carried by some U.S. forces today. The Model 1911's longevity is due to Browning's often-imitated design, which incorporates the short recoil principle. The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, and recoil-operated handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. While many manufacturers have produced this firearm, Colt is the original and the most trusted. The limited-edition Night Officer III 1911 was commissioned in 1996 by Lew Horton Distributors and features a blackened stainless-steel slide with a matte stainless-steel frame and Hogue wrap-around rubber grips. This pistol is #168 of only 200 made and has 3-dot night sights and both frame-mounted and grip safeties. Its grips, metal, and bore are all in very good condition.