John Wayne Commemorative Armed Forces M1911 .45 Automatic.
An exact replica of the M1911A Colt 45 Automatic John Wayne used in his military films. Approved by the Wayne Family this was first issued on 10 May 1992 by the Franklin Mint for $395. It is extact in every detail. It is a non-firing replica and cannot chamber bulltes, but dummy bullets can be loaded into the removable clip.
The shining black finish is accentuated by gold lettering on each side of the slide, including John Wayne's signature.
The wooden display frame is 12½" by 14¼" and two 45 cases are used to support the gun. The Certificate of Authenticity is attached to the rear of the display case. Five medallions are attached the display under the gun and represent Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. On some later issues of this item these could be removed and placed in the grip, as seen in the last photo below.