About the Handgun:
Competition model designed for use in CMP matches.
About the Manufacturer:
Seasoned pistolsmith Les Baer Sr. with twenty years of experience, both on his own and with Sringfield Armory, opened the doors to his own custom shop in Illinois in 1992. He brought with him the knowledge and experience to translate his 'one at a time' custom work into a semi-production level yet still retain the quality and performance of the one-man shop. Les Baer specializes in 1911 style pistols as well as AR15 style rifles. Les Baer products are still built by hand, one-at-a-time by quality craftsmen. This special attention to each gun they produce is what garners their premium price.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed by John Browning and was adopted by the United States Ordnance Department along with the Colt-Browning automatic pistol in 1911. It has also been made the official military handgun chambering by several other governments, notably Argentina, Mexico and Norway. The 45 Automatic is the most powerful military handgun cartridge in use today. This is a heavy and powerful sub-sonic round. Although its muzzle energy can exceed 400 ft-lbs, its velocity and bullet weight creates a steep trajectory curve that limits its effective range to self-defense distances.