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. Manufactured in 1968, this special edition 1911 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Second Battle of the Marne, a pivotal moment of World War I. The pistol has gold engraving and large grip medallions and comes with a wooden display case. Its wood and metal are in good condition and its bore is in very good condition.