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Being a permanent residence of TN and blessed to have the time to visit the York home that's a great reminder.

Nice post bigmoguls!
 

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Cool article, however, I wasn't aware that the 1911's recoil was so ferocious.
 

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Cool article, however, I wasn't aware that the 1911's recoil was so ferocious.
Didn't you see "Saving Pvt. Ryan"? A 1911 can take out a TANK! :D
 

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If you are interested in York's story, I highly recommend this book - Amazon.com: Sgt. York: His Life, Legend & Legacy: The Remarkable Untold Story of Sgt. Alvin C. York eBook: John Perry: Books

I found it very interesting the shooting heritage he had living Tennessee and how it played into his experiences during the war. Basically, he credited some of the shooting contests he regularly participated in as a normal member of his community with his ability to fend off the Germans at the battle he became famous for. Also interesting was that he was initially a conscientious objector to the war as his church back home preached pacifism. His interactions and Bible studies with Christians in the army convinced him that war was necessary at times. Very intriguing, principled man and I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or shooting.
 

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Cool article, however, I wasn't aware that the 1911's recoil was so ferocious.
Especially when you compare the 1911 to a 357 or larger Magnum Revolver. Pick up a 1911 after shooting a box of 357 Magnums in a 36 ounce revolver and the 45 ACP feels like a 22 Magnum. It's also quieter than either the 357 or 22 Magnum.
 

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My very first pistol was a Ruger SR45. As a novice shooter I found the round intimidating simply because of it's reputation. However, I quickly became adept at shooting it and enjoyed it very much. Actually, it is an easy round to shoot once you get past the "horror stories".
 
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