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2005-02-19

An Important Omission from The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time

To: Mobile PC Magazine

Dear Sirs and Ms:

After reviewing your feature The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time, I must admit the Ronco Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler (#84) may be very useful to someone, but the genius of John Moses Browning is sadly neglected in your panoply of gadgetry.

The M1911 semi-automatic pistol has saved more lives than all other devices on your list, combined. It works when wet, when dirty, when muddy or sandy, below freezing, as hot as humans can stand, and has for the past 94 years. Its current standard incarnation, the M1911A1, Mark IV, Series 70, and dozens of its offspring from manufacturers and designers all over the planet are the best for practical pistol competition, as no other design works as well in comabt or at PPC.

Its flexibility is also well recognized; with a .22 adapter, it's been used to train millions of American servicement and servicewomen in pistolcraft. It's also elegant, certainly a unstated qualification, as it gets a very big job done with very few parts (another explanation here), and can be field stripped for cleaning and inspection by hand with no tools.

It meets also your tests for qualification:

It has to have electronic and/or moving parts of some kind - Yep, moving parts; trigger, slide, barrel, barrel link, magazine, magazine spring follower, grip safety, slide lock safety, firing pin safety, and a few other parts I won't bore you with.

It has to be a self-contained apparatus that can be used on its own, not a subset of another device - yep

It has to be smaller than the proverbial bread box - I don't leave home without mine (which is the Canadian Para-Ordnance P12-45 variant) on me, so it qualifies there, too.

Respectfully submitted for your approval: the M1911.

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