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Built Like a Tank: Auto-Ordnance Tanker 1911



When the steel chariots rumbled across no-man’s-land …

“Built like a tank” is a phrase that has entered the American lexicon as a means to describe hardware that is durable, strong, and nearly indestructible. The term may have originated in describing armored fighting vehicles, but it also clearly describes the 1911. Auto-Ordnance is proud to honor America’s armored warriors with The Tanker 1911, a commemorative gun dedicated to the memory of the brave American soldiers who faced the enemy in steel chariots like the M4 Sherman Tanks of World War II.

Just like the 1911, these Shermans were a vital part of the war effort. Their crews took them into harm’s way, often outgunned by German tanks, yet achieved victory against the odds. Each Tanker 1911 slide and frame are customized by Outlaw Ordnance, beginning with the Army O.D. Green Cerakote finish. The iconic white star of the Sherman Tank is engraved on the slide and frame, adding a touch of historical character. The “U.S” logo is engraved on the beautiful, checkered wood grips, providing a natural and elegant look.

This all-steel, GI-style 1911 features a 5” barrel, chambered in .45 ACP. Sights, trigger, grip safety, and controls are the classic GI pattern. Like the original Sherman, the Tanker 1911 is made in the United States. One seven round magazine is included.

Jodi DePorter, Director of Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group, emphasized Auto-Ordnance’s focus on American heritage, stating that “…owning the Tanker 1911 gives the modern shooter the opportunity to own a piece of history, while honoring the memory of the brave tank crews who delivered on America’s promise to achieve final victory in World War II.” For more information, visit!


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