Government 1911

.45 Cal ACP

The following is a letter I wrote to my former client and fellow photographer Lee Peterson.

Dear Lee,

So, you plan to live a few more years. Now there is a crazy idea. Funny thing is I’ve been thinking the same thing.

 So let me share a family story with you this morning. My son Zac (26) got interested in acquiring a gun. Don’t ask me why because I have no clue. We certainly don’t live in a dangerous location. He took a concealed carry class, registered and received a CCW permit. Went to the local gun store and bought a Glock 17. Ordered 3000 rounds of ammunition which I thought was crazy. Bought a holster, and gun safe for the car and has been diligently going out to the gun range to practice his marksmanship. I accompanied him on one trip and soon discovered why he ordered so much ammo. You really go through it fast!

 Being the great father I try to be, for his birthday I ordered him a kit from which one can build a Government 911 .45cal handgun. I bought one for me too thinking it might be something we might do together. He wasn’t too impressed. I ended up building the gun, he offered to sell me the bags and box of gun parts for half price.

 When you build your own gun, you get to put any serial number on it you want. I liked No. FLASH-GUN

Kids today eh? My mother (rest her soul) always said when somebody give you a gift, you don’t complain. It is your to do as you wish with. I don’t mind his selling it, but his snarky way of offering to sell it to me drives me crazy!

Don’t worry, I’m not planning on shooting him with my new gun. Funny thing is I’m not very interested in shooting guns. I do love their look and feel; art pieces for the most part.

Today I plan on stopping by the gun store and looking into buying a box of ammo, a holster and a gun safe for the car. I’ll work on the CCW later. I don’t plan to be packing heat around town anytime soon.

Hope you’re doing well as well can be.

— Flash



The Model 1911 .45 Automatic Pistol is the world’s most respected handgun, and has been designated by many authorities as the finest service pistol design of all time. The Browning 1911 was yet another revolutionary gun by one of the greatest gun designers of all time, John Moses Browning, the founder of today’s Browning Arms Company. The Browning 1911has beenproudly made in the USA, at a state-of-the-art factory located only a few miles south of Ogden, Utah – the same town where John M. Browning lived and where the genius of all of his greatest firearms inventions began.