40 Handguns. 3 Custom Shop visits.
10 Custom Builders.
4 Subject Matter Experts. 
356 Pages of 1911 Insight. 

Now Available

Vickers Guide™ is a one of a kind tour of some of history's most interesting and rare firearms, sourced from public and private collections across the globe.


Vickers Guide: 1911 is a premium quality, collector's grade, coffee table reference book. All books contain the following features:

  • 356 pages
  • 13" wide by 11" tall (approx.)
  • Commercial quality, section sewn style binding which allows the book to lay open flat
  • Full color prints on premium quality photo paper stock
  • Foil stamped, gray linen hardcover
  • Full color protective dust jacket
  • Ribbon page marker

In addition to the above Standard Edition, two premium versions of the book are available:

Signature Version
Hand signed by Larry Vickers

Limited Edition Premium Version (Limited to 100 Books)
Personal Message Hand Written and Signed by Larry Vickers
Limited Edition Slip Case
Limited Edition Numbered Signature (x of 100)
19x13" Color Print of Featured 1911 Signed by Larry Vickers


Formally adopted by the U.S. Army in 1911 and continuing in service for over 100 years, the Government Model 1911 pistol has undergone remarkably few changes throughout its long history yet remains relevant today. Known by many simply as “America’s Pistol”, the 1911 has been trusted by soldiers on battlefields spanning two centuries, carried by law enforcement, refined in small custom shops across the U.S., and revered by firearms enthusiasts and collectors as a work of art.  

Larry Vickers – renown combat veteran, firearms instructor and small arms expert – takes you on a one of a kind tour of some of history’s finest examples of the 1911, as he shares pistols from his own personal collection as well as those of his friends and other firearms specialists. Along the way, he gives the reader a glimpse into the secretive world of U.S. Special Operations weapons development, highlights the details of some of history’s most valued production and custom guns, and opens the door to premiere 1911 builders and custom shops.  Included are rare and unique pistols made by Colt, Kimber, Pachmayr, Springfield Armory, STI, Wilson Combat, and a number of custom builders such as Jason Burton, Jim Garthwaite, John Harrison, Richard Heinie, Paul Liebenberg, Steve Nastoff, Wayne Novak, Armand Swenson and Larry Vickers. Additional insight is provided by firearms expert and instructor Ken Hackathorn, world champion shooter Rob Leatham and custom builder Jason Burton.

Vickers Guide: 1911 presents this highly curated collection of 1911 handguns in never before seen detail on larger than life, wide format, full color prints in a linen covered hardback. Vickers Guide: 1911 is the next best thing to having these exceptional collector’s grade handguns in your own personal collection, and is a must-have for any serious firearms enthusiast. 

Vickers Guide: 1911 gives the firearms enthusiast an extraordinarily detailed view of this historic gun. 

Vickers Guide: 1911 will be at home on your coffee table, workbench or bookcase. It is art for your living room. It will serve as a fantastic guide for your own firearm collecting. It will make a lasting impression. Most importantly, Vickers Guide: 1911 will serve as a lifelong 1911 reference book.

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