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Old 04-02-2013, 6:19 AM
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Thanks guys.....she looks like she's been hardly fired. I get twitchy when it comes to the thought of damaging her, but also the thought of putting a few rounds down range is intriguing!
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Old 04-02-2013, 6:37 AM
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Lube her up and shoot a few mags of standard hardball. Pre war colt. Is very nice. I have several of my grandfather and great uncles guns. We shoot his pre 1900 1892 win in 32-20 and his teens era 1894 in 32 Spc. Also his 1930s colt woodsman .22. I used to shoot it with him. Lubed and cleaned properly with good ammo that thing will last to see your great grand kids
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Old 04-04-2013, 7:40 AM
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This is seriously one of my favorites posts read on Calguns.
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Old 04-04-2013, 7:57 AM
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That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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Great history of an American Hero. Just be sure to pass down the history of the gun which is just as if not more important as the gun itself.
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Old 04-05-2013, 3:23 PM
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Family guns are the best. especially when it's a 1911. Nice pics
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

My dad was also an Admiral, killed in the line of duty in 1995 when his F-18 went down on a flight through the mountains north of Taos, New Mexico in May 1995.

He had his Vietnam sidearm 1911 with him at the time - we never recovered it from the crash site. Would have been nice to have that as an heirloom. Of course, to find a 1911 in the snow in a 3 mile wide debris field... amazingly enough, the recovery teams did find his watch and his wedding band. His Naval Academy ring is still on the mountain somewhere with the pistol.

Very cool that you have such a pair of prizes in your family!
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Old 12-09-2013, 7:43 PM
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The two pistols are in amazing condition for having been in a tropical environment all those years. The Borchardt is incredibly valuable and the 1911 is equally valuable considering the family connection. I hope you keep them both forever.
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Thanks for sharing your dad's story G60racer....it's important these stories are shared. They are tagged and marked to not sell. If something happens to me, that's the only way for my wife to know what's what in the safe. Otherwise, they aren't going anywhere!
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SHOOT IT.. I have got one made in before May 1918 the COLT horse is at the back of the slide. It's my off duty carrier gun. Got it from a very good friends estate. 1911 are made to shoot. That's why John M. Browning made them to do, shoot for ever.
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Don't shoot it,that is a very rare 1924 Transition Military Colt,
WTG inspected,it's in great original shape. Can't tell from pics if it is
all correct parts wise. Would love to inspect it! Pete
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Respect. ......amazing career your grandpa had.
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i posted when ccandgc first shared these, but it was a treat to see them again. it's in wonderful shape. I love the fact that the color comes through in the pictures -- this is what a proper colt finish looks like. A lot of my friends will ask me if a gun has been refinished -- the first clue, look at the color. Modern finishes are a lot darker in color than Colt's original finish.

on the question of whether or not to shoot it -- my advice is DON'T SHOOT IT. it has nothing to do with JMB's design. we all know the design is solid. the risk is in the metallurgy. Back then the guns did not have fully hardened slides and were only spot hardened. There is a chance (however small) that the entire slide will crack. Are you 1 shot away from that or 1000? nobody knows. but why take the chance?

Or more likely the front sight could fly off. this is not uncommon -- in fact there was a posting here on cal guns "I was shooting my ww2 1911 and the front sight fell off!". Usually the sight gets flung into never-never land. what a shame if this were to happen on such a pristine, original, and historic family heirloom.

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Very nice pistol of history . engraving makes it a treasure
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Old 12-15-2014, 9:52 PM
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Thanks guys! I'm in 100% agreement Beetle.
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Very cool!
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Beautiful gun.

You are previledged to have such distinguished ancestors.
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thanks for sharing the pictures and the story that is interlaced with your family history.

my advise regarding shooting would echo beetle's (post #53).
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Thanks for sharing! Beautiful.
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Priceless. Absolutely priceless.
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