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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Central Texas
Re: Pic's of your 1911's
Steel box, like a double door, walk in, safe, I'd imagine!
If one carries a 1911, unlike some of the questionable, plastic guns, one is enough.
Somebody, in a conversation about concealed carry, the other day, asked me about my 'back up'.
Answer was even simpler than the question.
One good pistol+ 2 spare mags= 20 bodies, and a round still in the pipe.
So why do we that love them feel a need for so many?
Harder to answer; perhaps, just, "because I can".
I don't own but three (film) cameras, all the same make and model, because they work, and are totally mechanical cameras, ie, require no batteries, to do everything they do.
Kinda simple, like me.
But 1911's, that is different; I have a couple of unique Detonics pistols, two, shooters, in stainless, and one, very early blued pistol (These are all 'Combat Masters', the tiny one), the blued gun in the 3XXX s/n range, unfired, with all the original paperwork, and pouch; the paperwork packet is still unopened! That one, the seller forced upon me, with a price that I would have paid twice, if asked; how could a reasonable man say no? And an old Swenson 'Bobcat' that will never be sold; this one I helped build, long ago.
Growing only slightly larger, a Colt 'officers model, enhanced, once by them, then made to shoot, and accurately, here, as the second enhancement; like a 'Trophy Wife', it goes everywhere; unlike a T/W, it is mostly heard, not seen.
Comander length guns, from Colt, 3 calibers, ODI, one legit, one rollmarked 'Detonics/ Seattle', likely a 'parts gun', from a former employee of ODI, and rollmarked with a stolen roll die, 2 of which were 'lost', in the company's move from WA to AZ. AMT Skipper, x2.
5" pistols, somewhere around 15 or 20 Colts, in .22, 9mm, .38 Colt, .38 Super, .38 AMU, and .45ACP, most 'unmolested' save the AMU, by the Army!
Some AMT, ODI, and others, but the 'Crown Jewel' is an Armand Swenson 'Bullseye Pistol', built from an 'unissued' 1941 Colt (military- no C prefix) pistol, in '73 or '74, (the timeframe in which I worked for him, gratis, in exchange for him teaching me the pistol, and how it worked, as well as JMB could have; there was no more knowledgeable (living) person on the planet, than that fat handed old grouch, on the subject! I got the best half of the deal, and he knew it!)
To digress, in the interest of giving credit where it is due, Armand was the 'Groundbreaker' for all of today's compact, and ultra compact, 1911 pattern pistols; his research, and development were what gave Detonics their start, 10 years behind him; he 'opened the door', to such guns, with his work, and many copied, but only much later.
Back to topic, the Swenson 'Bullseye Gun', holds a special place in my heart, because I may have had some small hand in it's production, in part, and in part because I knew the man, his opinion on the work it took, for the price it paid, and the relative rarity of such a pistol; his surviving widow told me, "less than a dozen, he just does not like that kind of customer".
If he took such work, it was because this was a 'regular', with an 'irregular request', and then, only on the terms that he would call when it was ready, and not to waste his time, until he called.
Longer guns, 5"+, a couple of custom, and a couple of AMT 6" longslides, all in .45 ACP.
Someday, a digital camera; right now, pistols offer more bang for the buck
than a digital camera, and I can make the pistols run!
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry