Saturday, March 29, 2008

Birthday Announcement: Don Gwinn and the Model of 1911

Better And Better: 97 years ago today.

Turns out, I have the same birthday (well, of sorts) as the U.S. military's Model of 1911. Of course, I'm only a youthful and spritely 30, while the Model of 1911 has been in service with the U.S. military since . . . 1911, which makes 97 years. I'm not an expert, so I can't tell you whether that was continuous. There might have been a time, maybe the late '80's and early '90's, when the transition to the M9 had been made and there were no 1911's being issued to anyone. Nowadays, some of the high-speed special units have gone back to the 1911 model, however, so it's a moot point.

I just hope I last 97 years and Melissa makes it to 98. And now I'm off to a birthday surprise. I don't know where we're going except that Melissa says it's "something you'll like." Kane thinks we're going shooting, but she'd have to tell me to pack up guns and ammo and ears and stuff, so I'm in the dark. We'll see!