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john58
12-30-2009, 11:10
I went to Yuma for Christmas and took a couple of pics of my dad's 1911. He originally bought it for $25.00 from a an who carried it on a B-17 during WWII. When my dad got it, he said that he didn't think it had any rounds thru it. My dad was a pilot in the Air Force and when he was stationed in Japan he had it engraved. I think it's a beautiful sight to behold. The only thing he's had replaced was the barrel & bushing in the late 50's. I didn't get to shoot it, but from what he says it's very accurate.
http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/hoffman4917/012.jpg

http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww147/hoffman4917/011.jpg

Jim Watson
12-30-2009, 12:37
Very handsome. You could get work like that done very reasonably by our recently defeated enemies who are now our friends.
There are no doubt Internet Experts on some of the boards who would mourn the loss of a genuine army surplus pistol to the engraver... but I am not one of them.

john58
12-30-2009, 12:42
Thanks Jim, I am one who appreciates a work of art. I think this can be called one. This gun is engraved on the base plate of the mag, trigger guard, just about everywhere. The relief on the engraving is unbelievable. The colt is done in real silver. My dad said he paid about $30 for the entire job, that's amazing that all that work cost so little back then. Just think how much you'd have to pay now to get the same quality.

faawrenchbndr
12-30-2009, 13:25
Wow,....very nice! Thanks for sharing! :supergrin:

HAIL CAESAR
12-30-2009, 13:34
:wow:

That is a wonderful looking piece, with all the engraving and history an old gun could have. I would cherish that gun always and pass it down further generations

Riverwarrior
12-30-2009, 13:37
Beautiful.....thanks so much for sharing!!

Officer's Match
12-30-2009, 14:11
While you could typically count me in the "don't like engraving crowd", that is flat out beautiful.

john58
12-30-2009, 14:23
:wow:

That is a wonderful looking piece, with all the engraving and history an old gun could have. I would cherish that gun always and pass it down further generationsThanks I appreciate the kind words.
That's exactly what I plan on doing is passing it down the generations. My dad said "when you get this don't sell it. I just told him "are you kidding me? this is an heirloom there is no way it will leave our family on my watch". I will pass this gem on.

RLB
12-30-2009, 14:55
Awesome looking gun
Certainly a family keeper.

ronin.45
12-30-2009, 15:51
When you get it put some nice wood on it to complete the package.

bac1023
12-30-2009, 18:23
A very nice heirloom. :)

380Seecamp
12-30-2009, 18:31
John, that gun is awesome!

HAIL CAESAR
12-30-2009, 21:25
When you get it put some nice wood on it to complete the package.

A nice lined wooden case might be nice.

FlatBlack
12-30-2009, 21:54
Would you adopt me?

Rinspeed
12-30-2009, 22:16
I'm not real big on engraved 1911s but that is very sharp. Only thing is, that jeweled hammer has got to go. :faint:

john58
12-30-2009, 22:22
I'm not sure what you mean by jeweled. The sides of the hammer were done like the nose of the the "spirit of St, Louis" plane. Is that what is referred to as jeweled?

HAIL CAESAR
12-30-2009, 22:29
Yeap, that is a jeweled hammer. Not too bad on that gun.

john58
12-30-2009, 22:30
Thanks.

Ruggles
12-30-2009, 22:36
Man that took some time to create! :) Nice indeed.

Whiskey Six
12-30-2009, 23:10
Not a big fan of engraving either but that is really nice. I think a real nice set of ivory grips would look great. (Or imitation ivory.):whistling: Then put it away or in a nice display case. Beautiful heirloom.

Cobra64
12-31-2009, 10:08
:wow:

That is a wonderful looking piece, with all the engraving and history an old gun could have. I would cherish that gun always and pass it down further generations

Absolutely. Old world engraving and filigree, for the most part, is a lost art.

mikegun
12-31-2009, 15:55
I have seem a lot of engraved 1911s over the years and that is by far the best ive ever seen.your dad has good taste, NEAT BUT NOT GAUDY.....IMHO

mkmckinley
01-01-2010, 21:51
That looks amazing, I've never seen anything like it. I can't believe he even did the baseplate.

john58
01-01-2010, 22:05
Yea, the guy who did the engraving was truly gifted. I would not have thought to engrave the base plate.

3rdgen40
01-02-2010, 07:51
Nice looking piece.What's up with those gigantic sights though ? :dunno:

john58
01-02-2010, 13:47
I was wondering that too when I saw them. dunno maybe that was the target sights back then. The front blade is huge and thin.

JustShoot-IT
01-02-2010, 16:41
I like'em plain too but ... got to admit that your Dad's sure provides as fine example as can be for the engraved side.

Although, because it was his and will be passed down I'd be inclined to leave it as he had it. Still I'd check out the sights and/or seriously consider going back to the original - could make a good thing better.

john58
01-02-2010, 16:46
I will not be making any changes to this piece. It is what it is going to be now and hopefully forever.

Joshhtn
01-02-2010, 16:49
That's a piece of art!... Thank you for sharing that!!

Dalton Wayne
01-02-2010, 16:53
Now that's a BBQ gun, very nice. :cool:
Regards
DW