Delaware National Guard 360th Anniversary M1911
The Delaware National Guard, 360th Anniversary Edition one of one 1911 (aka the 360 pistol) was a year long collaboration between us here at Annis Arms and two other very talented craftsmen, Eli Polite who produced the exquisite grips for the pistol and Jesse Houser, the man responsible for the gorgeous hand engraving. Without the work of these two artisans this pistol would be a pale comparison of current itself.
The 360 pistol is built on a Jem Enterprises frame with a Caspian slide and Kart National Match barrel. The slide to frame and barrel fit is hand dressed and smooth as silk. All of the components, except for the grips, are reproductions of original M1911 patterns. Cylinder and Slide and Nighthawk Custom round out the balance of the component manufacturers. The Nitre Bluing on the slide lock, safety and fire control components is by Cylinder & Slide
The grips were hand made by Eli Polite of Greenwood DE. Eli hand-cut the DENG emblem out of two challenge coins of LG Francis Vavala, who recently retired as The Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. The emblems were set into Turkish Burl Walnut and sealed with acrylic resin which has been hand polished to a high luster.
Jesse engraved the scroll work in the various areas of the pistol, and hand engraved the minuteman image on the top of the slide.
Annis Arms did the build work on the pistol; hand fitting all components. The lettering and blue work was also done in house.
The pistol serial number is DENG360, so this pistol is truly one of a kind.
A photo album with more detail images of the 360 pistol can be found here….
The above pistol was built using Night Hawk Custom frame, slide and internals. A Kart NM barrel was married to the hand fitted slide and frame and Ed Brown Coco Bolo Grips finish out the look. Other details include: 25 lpi checkering, blended magazine well, satin stainless finish with hand polished slide stop and thumb safety.