SK Customs continues its series of commemorative Colt 1911 pistols. The latest, the SK 240th Anniversary Purple Heart Commemorative 1911, honors the original Military Badge of Merit. It further honors modern-day Purple Heart, and all who received it. The commemorative pistol comes in an iconic Colt 1911 Series 70.
SK Customs Purple Heart 1911 Details
“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms by releasing this limited-edition firearm,” said Simon Khiabani, owner and founder of SK Customs. “We’ve partnered with Purple Heart Homes, the Purple Heart Integration Project and U.S Army veteran, Omar “Crispy” Avila, to recognize the men and women who have and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.”
Avila joined the U.S. Army in 2004 as an infantryman. During his 2007 deployment to Iraq, a 200-pound IED struck his vehicle. The blast resulted in burns to 75-percent of his body and amputation below the knee of his right leg. Sergeant Avila retired from the Army in 2010. He now devotes his life to serving other veterans and helping wounded warriors across the nation. Avila embodies the spirit of Purple Heart, seen in a recent video.
The Purple Heart traces history back to August 1782 when General George Washington issued the Badge of Military Merit. Any singular meritorious action performed could earn the medal. The Purple Heart took its place in 1932, awarded to honor the bravery of wounded soldiers. Today it recognizes a wide variety of combat injuries, deaths and wounds sustained during acts of terrorism and more.
Key features of the Custom Colt 1911 Series 70 include:
- Displays a custom medallion of modern-day Purple Heart Medal set into bright white faux ivory grips.
- The slide contains custom 24K gold scroll, shading and inscription of the quote “SOME GAVE ALL, ALL GAVE SOME” dedicated to those who serve.
- The rear panel of the Colt 1911 displays George Washington’s Coat of Arms while the reverse has the quote of “A GRATEFUL NATION HONORS AND REMEMBERS,” both in 24K Gold.
- Top of slide features purple sapphire front sight, modern-day Purple Heart Medal, 24K gold ribbon, and George Washington’s Badge of Military Merit and signature.
- Further gold plating with high polishing placed along slide, frame flats, slide, barrel and hardware.
- Pistol engraved with a special-edition number, 001 of 240 in 24K gold on the rear panel.
Each pistol comes with an uncirculated West Point Minted National Purple Heart Hall of Honor 2022 Proof Silver Dollar. It features the West Point “W” mint mark and a certificate of authenticity. The SK Gives Back initiative will send proceeds of these sales to Purple Heart Homes and Purple Heart Integration Project. The Purple Heart 1911 retails for $2,900. For even more info, please visit skguns.com.