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Old 12-30-2009, 10:10   #1
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someday this will be mine!!!

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.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:37   #2
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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.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:42   #3
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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.
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Wow,....very nice! Thanks for sharing!
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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
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Beautiful.....thanks so much for sharing!!
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While you could typically count me in the "don't like engraving crowd", that is flat out beautiful.
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Old 12-30-2009, 13:23   #8
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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
Thanks 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.
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Old 12-30-2009, 13:55   #9
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Awesome looking gun
Certainly a family keeper.
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Old 12-30-2009, 14:51   #10
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Pretty gun

When you get it put some nice wood on it to complete the package.
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Old 12-30-2009, 17:23   #11
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A very nice heirloom.
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Old 12-30-2009, 17:31   #12
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John, that gun is awesome!
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When you get it put some nice wood on it to complete the package.
A nice lined wooden case might be nice.
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Would you adopt me?
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I'm not real big on engraved 1911s but that is very sharp. Only thing is, that jeweled hammer has got to go.
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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?
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Yeap, that is a jeweled hammer. Not too bad on that gun.
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Thanks.
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Man that took some time to create! Nice indeed.
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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.) Then put it away or in a nice display case. Beautiful heirloom.
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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.
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Old 12-31-2009, 14:55   #22
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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
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That looks amazing, I've never seen anything like it. I can't believe he even did the baseplate.
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Yea, the guy who did the engraving was truly gifted. I would not have thought to engrave the base plate.
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Nice looking piece.What's up with those gigantic sights though ?
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