There’s always something special to be found at the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Just a few miles down the road from NRA Headquarters at the Dulles Expo Center, the Gun Show promises more than two football fields of firearms and accessories. And this weekend, the 18th through the 20th specifically, the National Firearms Museum is bringing out something new from their Centennial 1911 Collection.
“The most popular pieces, like the Joe Foss .45, the Colt Model 1911 serial number 4, and a Luger from the 1907 trials will be there,” said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund. “But we’re bringing out a couple others too. The British Royal Air Corps pistol and the 1911 that helped chase down Pancho Villa.”
The Royal Air Corps pistol is a .455 Colt Government Model that was carried by a pilot who mysteriously vanished back in 1917. The other 1911 pulled a vanishing act of its own. After being issued to a cavalry member of the 1916 Punitive Expedition in Mexico, this firearm made it’s way to a WWI artillery unit in France when it was lost — only to turn up at Schofield Barracks in 1940.
To see these two beauties for yourself, head on over to the Nation’s Gun Show this weekend at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly, Virginia.