William Allen Phillips and His Interesting (and early) .45 Gas Pistol
With the blessing of the Army, in 1908 a Texas-born ordnance officer began to design a .45-caliber gas-operated pistol to compete against John Browning’s M1911. Two years and $700 later, an experimental trials gun was ready.
I give you, the prototype of CPT. William A. Phillips (USMA 1889):
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