The year was 1917, and in Ilion, N.Y., there was rejoicing. A detailed arms trial was planned for a new pistol that John D. Pedersen had designed for Remington—a semi-automatic .45 that Remington hoped might be considered as a replacement for the issued Colt Model 1911.
Late on the night of Nov. 27, a Marine veteran was attacked by four armed men in the driveway of his Houston home. His wife and 3-year-old daughter had gone into the house. With a gun to the back of his head, he pulled his legally owned firearm and fired, driving the assailants away and escaping harm.