Auto Ordnance “Cold Dead Hands” 1911

Charleton Heston said it when the youngest of today’s gun owners were just a couple of years old: “From my cold dead hands!” The phrase galvanized gun owners and NRA supporters in a way we hadn’t seen in many years. Now Auto-Ordnance has taken the ferocious (and righteous) sentiment shall not be infringed, and put it on a 1911 frame handgun. It’s the Auto Ordnance Cold Dead Hands 1911.

Auto-Ordnance Cold Dead Hands 1911

The decorations sported by this tribute pistol are pretty 2A-moto. The aluminum grips are engraved with a coiled snake (Gadsden reference?) and skull, with the scrolled words PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS. The right side of the slide, in case you didn’t get the message, has the number 76 encircled by 13 stars. Further reinforcing that point are the words Shall not be infringed engraved down the bottom of the slide on the left side.

Shall not be infringed Auto Ordnance Cold Dead Hands 1911
The Auto Ordnance Cold Dead Hands 1911.

Artwork for the commemorative firearm, which began life as an Auto Ordnance Stainless 5 inch 1911, was done by the artists of Outlaw Ordnance. The weapon itself is chambered in .45 ACP and is built around a stainless steel frame and slide. 


  • Full-length guide rod — an oft-debated feature. Does it improve accuracy and dampen recoil? The arguments continue. This gun has one. I like one (at least on a .45), but you decide if it’s a Good Thing or not as you decide whether to buy one.
  • High sweep beavertail — pretty much a must-have on a weapon like this. Unless you just enjoy slide bite.
  • Skeletonized trigger — though arguably an aesthetic feature only, a skeletonized trigger will (fractionally) reduce weight and does look cool. In this case, it’s apropos to those Outlaw Ordnance grips.
  • Serrated and ported slide — serrations are a tactile upgrade for slide manipulations; the ported slide will reduce recoil and help you drive the gun back on target.
  • Made in the USA — Because it would be pretty damned embarrassing to design a patriotic Second Amendment gun and import it from someplace else.


The pistol ships with a seven-round magazine. For more info, you can visit auto-ordnance(dot)com.

David Reeder's Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor - all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.

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