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. This special commemorative handgun was one of only 500 built to honor the battleship Arizona and features engraved gold-plating, a blade front sight with a rear notch, and 2-position and grip safeties and includes a 12-round magazine and a wooden presentation case. Its grips is in good condition and its metal and bore are in very good condition.