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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:11 pm 
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For most of the membership here on the forum the name Chip Breeze (known on the internet as "Witherspoon") needs no introduction. From our inception he supported LTW and its members. He was a law enforcement officer for the Caroline County Sheriff's Department for thirty years and prior to his passing was a full time officer for the Bowling Green Police Department. He was also a gentleman of the highest standards. It seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. A couple friends of his JR Munsey and Al Shear, both police officers who shared a beat with Chip talked to us here at LTW and came up with a project to honor Chip's life, his family, and his profession. Within a short time JR Munsey donated a stainless steel Caspian frame and a carbon steel Caspian slide. These were the beginnings of a fine pistol. And we could not wait to get started.

Then it came to the question of who was going to work on and finish this project. Fortunate for all of us we have guys like Chuck Rogers, Don Williams, John Harrison, and a friend of Chip's and a great smith Dave Sams who all jumped at the chance participated in putting together a gun in which the proceeds will go to Chip's son Justin. Justin is a college student struggling to get by and educate himself. His father provided guidance and a blueprint for this young man to be successful.

We have done a number of project guns, charity guns, and other small endeavors that fulfill our mission statement by providing relief to people who are not as fortunate as most of us here at LTW. However, we rarely meet the people who benefit by these projects. A couple of years ago we did a similar project for one of the icons in our industry Terry Tussey. Terry had suffered a horrible accident that took him away from his bench for quite some time. That was special because most of us knew Terry and what kind of person he was. Well, this one is also special because again most of us knew Chip Breeze and more importantly what kind of human being he was. Always willing to help someone, support a good cause, and never hesitated to jump in a patrol car and take care of business. However, this one is also leaves a little lump in our collective throats because this is the first project we have done for someone who has passed away.

Needless to say on behalf of all of us at LTW who build the guns, maintain the website, organize the projects and so forth, it is an honor to be a part of doing something that will ultimately benefit Justin Breeze, and done in remembrance of his father Chip "Witherspoon" Breeze.

The pictures will tell a better story but as I stated earlier the base components are a stainless Caspian frame and carbon steel slide. The gun has the very popular and functional "golf ball" treatment by Chuck Rogers along with a number of the detailed modifications Chuck is famous for. The machine work and other modifications were done by John Harrison, Don Williams, and Dave Sams. The guns sports a pair of VZ double diamond micarta stocks by John Van Zyck, a Kart barrel, CMC grip safety, flat topped and serrated slide top, CMC grip safety, match grade trigger components, with the final fit and finish done at Heirloom Precision. This package will come with an IBS holster from John Ralston of 5 Shot Leather and a corresponding mag pouch. It is obviously a classic two tone offering in remembrance of classic man filled with character and who dedicated his life to law enforcement and to helping others. It seems thing have come full circle.

The gun will be offered via a silent auction. The auction will start on Friday October 10th at 12:00p.m. MST. and end on Monday October 13th at 8:00p.m. MST. Please PM me with your bids and I will post the latest bids without a name attached. Once the auction is over I will post the winner's name. The final payment details will be worked out that week.
There is a reserve of $2000.00 on this pistol.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:44 pm 
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Steve,
I want to thank ALL of you wonderful folks who have taken the time and effort needed to put this beautiful package together, especially considering all of the other projects that you do AND running your own businesses at the same time. I think Chip would have been very pleased with this functional, yet beautiful piece.
I must correct you on one detail, in that I was not the one who donated the frame and slide (unsure of who that might be) and would like to see proper credit given to the generous person who did.
I will call Al and Chief Steve Hoskins tomorrow and make sure that they stop by for a closer look, and to give a little more info on our friend Chip, since they both had the honor of knowing him much better than I did, but I truly respected and loved Chip as well.
Chief Hoskins was kind enough to send me a couple of pictures of Chip several months ago to post when this finally came about. As Steve said above, we all loved Chip on here because of who he was and what he stood for, yet few knew what he looked like, so I wanted to put a face with the name for the rest of you. Chip was indeed a man of the past in many ways and one of his favorite hobbies was to attend Civil War Re-enactments (which I also used to do), but not as a soldier...but as a snake-oil salesman!! We used to ride around in the cruiser and talk about "gigs" that we had gone to but never met at. He would then strike up his pitch to me and damned if I didn't want to buy a bottle, just to soothe the ache in my side from laughing at him!
On these rides he taught me a lot of what a good officer is supposed to be, and what it means to be a gentleman. When I lost my father three short years ago, Chip was one of the very first to call on me, and stepped in when I needed for that extra little bit of guidance or advice. And when my health failed causing me to have to retire at the ripe old age of 36, and requiriring me to move across the state to my hometown, Chip stayed in close contact with me until his passing, always giving good advice or encouragement. He was deeply religious and was always a "beacon of light" to me and to others and will be sorely missed! Semper Fi old friend!--John

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:32 pm 
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