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Old 11-27-2013, 7:08 PM
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Default Johnny Dillinger's Colt .38 Super

Here are some pictures of a Colt for one of the most notorious criminals in the history of the United States. I believe he was one of the main reasons the FBI was created, to stop Johnny Dillinger and his gang. I found these pictures in a recent auction where it sold for over $17k. Here is a description from the actual auction along with the aforementioned pictures, enjoy~

The centerpiece of the Rivera consignment is this Colt .38 Super semi-auto
Opening Bid:$17,500.00
BID NOW $17,500.00


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The centerpiece of the Rivera consignment is this Colt .38 Super semi-auto pistol, .38 Super cal., 5” barrel, nickel finish, pearl grips, #14037, period inscribed on right side of slide: “Taken From Johnnie Dillinger When Captured By James C. Herron, K. Mullaney, M. Walker, Jan 25- 1934, Tucson, Ariz.” (Johnnie Dillinger is on its own line and in handwritten style; the rest of the inscription is in block print lettering), with copy of factory letter confirming caliber and barrel length with notation that the gun left the factory with a blue finish and stocks “Not Listed”; shipped to Wolf and Klar, Fort Worth, TX. On August 31, 1933, in a shipment of 5 guns (successful bidder will receiver original of factory letter from consignor). As with the previous two lots, this lot comes with an affidavit from consignor William L. Rivera indicating this historic Colt (listed by serial #) has been in his possession from the mid-1960’s when obtained from his friend, the son of Tucson Police Officer James C. Herron who with Officers Mullaney and Walker, arrested Public Enemy No. 1, John Dillinger and his girlfriend in Tucson on Jan. 25, 1934 where they and members of Dillinger’s gang had gone to hide-out from the “heat” in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and from the Feds, thinking a sleepy town like Tucson would be the perfect setting to “lay low”. The gun itself is in overall very good condition showing the majority of an old, quality re-nickel finish, likely done by Wolf and Klar at the time they likely dressed the gun up with the beautiful thick iridescent pearl grips currently on the .38 Super and in overall very good + condition showing one old flake chip on the right grip at the rear of the top securing screw; the action is crisp, the markings good and the bore very good with correct magazine that has also been nickel plated. It is unlikely another authentic Dillinger gun will become available to the public any time soon as most are in the possession of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s collection or in Museums. Mr. Rivera, our consignor, is a gentleman of the old school and traditional in manner; he enjoyed holding these pieces of history for the last 40 years but is now ready to pass them on to other collectors for their enjoyment. Est.: $35,000-$70,000.





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Stunning piece of American History.
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Old 11-27-2013, 8:48 PM
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So it got refinished?
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So it got refinished?
Looks like it man, its pretty cool to me that the famed gangster would go all out "bling" on his blued Colt. Note in the movie "Public Enemies" with Johnny Depp who potrays Dillinger, his main "carry on" are dual 1911's (i'm guessing in 38 super) both shoulder holstered and they are blued, I don't see him carry a "nickled" version which would've been crazy as far as historical accuracy for the movie. It's funny...I saw the movie recently because of this auction, this guy's life story is ridiculous, you just can't make this stuff up what he did.

"Quality re-nickel finish, likely done by Wolf and Klar at the time they likely dressed the gun up with the beautiful thick iridescent pearl grips currently on the .38 Super and in overall very good + condition."
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dude that's awesome!
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I can't afford it.


It is a nice piece of history and if I could afford it I might bid.
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