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 Post subject: My Daddy's USGI 1911
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:56 pm 
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Hello All,

This forum has given me a lot.
So... when I found myself grumbling about things being a little slow here (seems to me anyway) I thought I’d DO something (besides grumble).

I can’t contribute any knowledge, because I’m far behind most of you on that count.

But I thought I could post a few pictures at least, just for entertainment value.
(... we all like pichurs, eh?)

My father died a couple of years ago, and in cleaning out his house we kept coming across ALL these guns! (a couple of generations, both sides of the family, that had funneled to him).
Which really was sort of wonderful for me:
- many represented a trip down Memory Lane, all the ones we had shot together as I was growing up at home
- while others were MYSTERIES that led me on speculations and searches to try to figure out their history.

Since this is mostly a “1911” forum, I thought I’d show y’all this one.
I have vague memories of maybe just glimpses of this pistol when I was little.
Never shot it.
Or was really ever talked to about it.
My assumption is that this was my father’s sidearm from WWII; he was a Captain.

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Here’s a close up of the horsey :-)
And Major Walter G. Penfield’s cartouche.
Also, if you can see in this low-rez image, how the only blue left is in the recesses.
Most of the surface is worn to silver.
It hasn’t been abused, it’s in excellent condition; just worn slick from holstering and handling.
S/N dates it to 1914 production.
If only it could talk!

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This is just a shot of the “noble wear.”
The frontstrap is worn completely to silver, and the checkering on the walnut stocks is completely worn away at the bottom.
Wouldn’t take the world for it.

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And here's some of the ammunition and magazines that were packed up with the pistol.

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By the way, when I came across this, it was put up with a charged magazine, one in the chamber, cocked and locked.
I guess that's how he was used to leaving it, then one day just never came back to it, and there it sat for 50 years.
Life just unfolds like it unfolds I reckon.

Hope you enjoy looking at my father’s pistol.

JamesD

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 Post subject: Re: My Daddy's USGI 1911
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 7:23 am 
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James, very interesting! And to have something like that in the family-- awesome.

Was your Dad a lefty?

Unrelated to the above, but does the muzzle show evidence of the gun having been dropped?


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 Post subject: Re: My Daddy's USGI 1911
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 12:41 pm 
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Also interesting in that is appears to be a WWI pistol that slid by the rebuild-and-parkerize process that a lot of WWI guns got, prior to WWI issue.

Perhaps he was in service prior to the war, and had this issued to him before things got hectic?

Envious, we are, both for its condition, and for being a family heirloom.


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 Post subject: Re: My Daddy's USGI 1911
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:20 pm 
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Very nice. These guns are a special thing on their own. With the family history it is made into a true heirloom.
I have one much like this but know nothing of its past.
Thank you for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: My Daddy's USGI 1911
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:50 pm 
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great story and the fact that its a family pistol makes it all that more interesting


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