I noticed after signing up for my BF3 Origin acct. it was stated i would receive the M1911 .45 cal sidearm. Where do I find this? Or is this bonus expired? Thanks John
The M1911 is unlocked through EA's Gun Club. You need to sign up for the Gun Club to unlock it (you will get the M1911, M1911 Suppressed, and M1911 Tact).
Alternatively, you can receive the weapon if you are a 'Battlefield Veteran' - that is, have played a previous Battlefield game on that EA account - Battlefield 2, Bad Company, Bad Company 2, etc.
If you have done these things, you may have to restart the game, restart your console if playing on 360 or PS3, or log in to Battlelog again.