A picture of the commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, has been taken showing him wearing a tricked-out 1911 as his sidearm. Despite the 1911 being out of service in the Army, it is still used by Marine Corps special operations units. Miller served as an operator with the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta before he became a four-star general. Back then, the 1911 was what the operators trained on to perfect marksmanship. Although the Unit moved away from the 1911 and opted for a Glock solution in .40 S&W, by the 1990’s the 1911 was retooled to perfection with boosted reliability and accuracy.
In 2009 Gen. Miller chose the 1911 to be his sidearm, but most of the modifications have been kept a secret. Miller does have a second preference, however. When he is not carrying his 1911, Miller prefers a Glock, a pistol that SOCOM warfighters are well acquainted with. In a photo, Miller appears to be carrying a Glock with a threaded barrel with a red dot sight mounted on the slide. In this particular picture, it is hard to determine the model; however, Miller was spotted at an awards ceremony carrying a Glock 19 with a threaded barrel.