Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity

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PEARL HARBOR, HONOLULU, HI – December 7 truly is, in the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt,  “a date which will live in infamy.”  

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, hundreds of aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service conducted a surprise military strike against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, shortly before 8:00 am.  

In a devastating initial strike, four battleships were hit, including the USS Oklahoma and the USS Arizona.  The USS Oklahoma rolled over and sank underwater after torpedo strikes, with over 400 Navy sailors on board.  The USS Arizona exploded and sank, and over 1000 souls were lost.

Two hours after the attack began, eight American battleships had been destroyed or damaged, and over 2,400 Americans had perished.

The following day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked, in light of the “unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan,” that Congress declare war on Japan.

December 7, 2021 marked the 80th anniversary of Japan’s horrific attack on this country.

Sig Sauer, highly respected firearms industry leader, has built three “one of a kind, custom-designed” 1911 pistols to commemorate this anniversary. 

Sig Sauer is donating the proceeds from the pistols to the Best Defense Foundation, a volunteer-run nonprofit veteran charity which brings our veteran heroes back to battlefields to remember and honor the fallen, and to achieve closure on the military events that impacted their lives.

Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice president of Sig Sauer, Inc. stated:

“It was truly an honor to create these custom pistols and we are humbled to have the opportunity to partner with the Best Defense Foundation to salute these men and women of the greatest generation.”

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop Taylor continued:

“The foundation is providing any World War II veteran that wants a measure of closure the opportunity to return to their battlefield and we hope these pistols will bring recognition to their efforts.  

“From the shores of Normandy to Pearl Harbor, the foundation has made it their mission to honor these veterans sacrifice and we are forever thankful for their dedication to that mission.”

A press release from Sig Sauer describes in detail the exquisite features of, and history behind, the three pistols, as follows:

1911 Pistol: The 1911 pistol was one of the most commonly issued pistols and carried by U.S. forces throughout World War II. 

Each of the commemorative 1911 Pearl Harbor pistols feature engravings designed in collaboration with Outlaw Ordnance customizations, and a Battleship Gray Cerakote® matte finish on the frame and slide. The pistols are chambered in.45 AUTO with an SAO trigger, Gold Dot Novak™ front sights and Wilson Combat™ serrated rear sights.  

“Pistol Grips: The custom grips on each of the pistols was designed and manufactured by Chad Schumacher at Allegory Goods, and is crafted from teak decking salvaged from the USS North Carolina. 

After the Pearl Harbor attack, the USS North Carolina was sent to the pacific to strengthen allied forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and was part of the offensive operations supporting the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa.  

“Pearl Harbor Commemorative Pistol: Engravings commemorate the date and time of the attack: December 7, 1941 at 7:55am where Japanese warplanes descended on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, and the address by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the U.S. Congress formally requesting a declaration of war between the U.S. and Japan where he began with “A day which will live in infamy.”

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
Pearl Harbor commemorative 1911 pistol, left, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer
Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
Pearl Harbor commemorative 1911 pistol, right, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer

“USS Arizona (BB-39) Commemorative Pistol: Engravings commemorate the USS Arizona which was hit by Japanese torpedo bombers which detonated in a munitions magazine, which violently exploded and sank the ship, losing 1,177 officers and crewmen. 

The USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial was dedicated on May 30th, 1962 to honor all those who died during the attack.

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
USS AZ commemorative 1911 pistol, left, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer
Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
USS AZ commemorative 1911 pistol, right, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer

“USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Commemorative Pistol: Engravings commemorate the USS Oklahoma which served in World War I and protected allied convoys across the Atlantic.  During the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese torpedo bomber airplanes hit the Oklahoma’s hull causing it to capsize. 

A total of 429 crew died as a result, others jumped to safety, were rescued through hatches or from drilling holes in the side of the hull.”

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
USS OK commemorative 1911 pistol, left, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer
Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
USS OK commemorative 1911 pistol, right, photo courtesy of Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer was also able to join the Best Defense Foundation in taking 63 veterans of World War II to Hawaii for the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The events honoring these distinguished veterans lasted 7 days, and included a trip to Oahu to tour Wheeler Airfield, the location of the first attack on December 7, 1941.  Veterans also enjoyed lunch on the deck of the USS Missouri, a Pearl Harbor boat tour, and visits with schools to tell their stories.

Then, on December 7, 2021, the veterans were taken to the 80th commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack, where they were “recognized, honored and celebrated for their service and sacrifice.”

A detail of these events honoring our veteran heroes, as well as an extensive photo gallery, can be found at the Best Defense Foundation website at this link.

We at Law Enforcement Today would like to take this opportunity to salute Sig Sauer for its generous and gracious support of our brave and heroic veterans, as this country marks the 80th anniversary of the day that will live in infamy.

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‘Beautiful and fitting tribute’: Sig Sauer creates 9/11 tribute pistol for last NYPD officer out of Twin Towers

Originally published December 14, 2021

NEWINGTON, NH – Law enforcement supporter and highly respected firearms industry leader Sig Sauer, which has graciously and generously sponsored Law Enforcement Today’s “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, joined forces in September 2020 with Guns & Ammo Magazine to award a spectacular custom tribute pistol to the last NYPD officer to leave the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

The idea for the tribute gift had its inception in a review by Guns & Ammo for Sig Sauer’s P320 Fire Control Unit (FCU).

Sig Sauer’s FCU program is an innovative way for discerning gun owners to customize their pistols to their heart’s content.  After purchasing the FCU, shooters are able to choose and add their own components onto the foundational, serialized fire control unit. 

The customization does not stop with just one build, meaning that gun owners can easily swap out slide lengths, grip modules, and calibers, depending on their needs for their weapon at the time.

According to Guns & Ammo Magazine, Editor-in-Chief Eric Poole noticed that the P320 FCU unit he received for review had a serial number ending in 911, “and determined it would make a fitting gift to someone that had served on 9/11.”

The magazine contacted Sig Sauer, which wholeheartedly backed the idea.

As reported in the Sig Sauer blog:

“It was serendipitous that this serial number shipped out just a few short weeks before September 11th, to such a great partner of ours, the amazing team at Guns & Ammo,” said Tom Taylor, CMO, Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER. 

“The folks over at G&A called us up while they were doing photographs for a story on the FCU, and it just clicked for all of us, we had to do something special.”

Guns & Ammo writer Tom Beckstrand immediately thought the recipient should be Jimmy McEniry, the last NYPD officer to exit the Twin Towers as the second tower fell on September 11, 2001.

According to Beckstrand’s profile of McEniry in Guns & Ammo, on September 11, 2001, McEniry was a Marine Corps reservist who was also a member of the New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU).

The ESU’s original plan was to land on the top of the towers and use ropes to rescue victims, bringing them to the top for evacuation.

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
9/11 Terrorist Attack, YouTube screenshot, CBS News

However, upon the team’s arrival, the first tower collapsed.  McEniry and his teammates then entered the second building with their gear to initiate rescue.

While McEniry was inside, the second building began coming down, so he and his teammates fled.

A quick-thinking McEniry sought protection from falling debris under a fire truck.  

He told Guns & Ammo:

“I looked up and saw the building coming down on top of me, so I dumped my stuff and took off. There was a fire truck parked next to the tower that I dove under just as everything hit the ground. 

“It was me and a pretty big firefighter under there, so it got kind of tight. 

“When the debris hit the ground, the blast hit me in the face and temporarily blinded me.” 

Barely able to see, McEniry next began to make his way out from under the truck, first encountering a dead end in the form of a wall that had fallen and crushed the truck.  Then, after groping his way to where he could make out some light in the other direction, he exited at the rear of the truck.

After leaving the mangled fire truck, McEniry connected with another NYPD officer and returned to the towers.  Despite still not being able to see well, he and his fellow officer used a ladder from the crushed truck to rescue two other police officers and three civilians who were holding on to a ledge.

Initially, McEniry was actually reported as dead on the NYPD’s roster, as his teammate who exited ahead of him “was convinced there was no way he could have survived.”

Guns & Ammo noted:

“If it hadn’t been for the protection of the fire truck, McEniry would have never made it.”

As the idea for the tribute pistol for McEniry came up only a few days before the 9/11 anniversary in 2020, time was of the essence.

According to Guns & Ammo,  “Phil Strader, the company’s [Sig Sauer’s] pistol product manager, really quarterbacked the effort, and helped develop the gun’s thematic design.”

Strader suggested using Outlaw Ordnance for the custom work on the slide for the pistol, and that West Monroe, LA based custom firearms engraver worked night and day for two days to finish the piece.

Guns & Ammo writer Tom Beckstrand eloquently described the custom P320 tribute pistol as follows:

“Through the cut and colored steel of the P320’s slide, the company honored the heroes of the New York Police Department, the New York Fire Department and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police with their departmental emblems, as well as the date, and the flight designations of the aircraft used in the attack, in remembrance of the innocent passengers. 

“Finally, the words “Never Forget” are also emblazoned against a field of stars. 

“The slide’s bronze Cerakote finish matches the aesthetic of the FCU and its trigger, and the pistol is completed by SIG’s factory-stippled grip frame. 

“It is a beautiful and fitting tribute, though wholly unequal to the sacrifice and service of its recipient, and the lives it honors.”

When it was completed, the gun was shipped back to Guns & Ammo, and “an ‘unveiling’ was done live over video chat with McEniry and all parties involved.”

Jimmy McEniry retired from the Marine Corps in 2012 and from the NYPD in 2019.

We at Law Enforcement Today would like to salute the generosity of Sig Sauer and Guns & Ammo in presenting the beautiful custom Sig Sauer P320 to heroic NYPD detective Jimmy McEniry.

If you would like to join Sig Sauer in supporting Law Enforcement Today’s campaign to “Re-Fund the Police,” please click here.

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For more information on firearms industry leader Sig Sauer’s long history of backing of law enforcement and its current efforts to “Re-Fund the Police,” please refer to the article below:

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Originally published October 29, 2021

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

Sig Sauer builds one-of-a-kind custom 1911 pistols commemorating 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack, donates proceeds to veteran charity
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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