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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 8:41 pm 
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I have seen a few scattered mentions of George Sheldon, mostly in Mas Ayoob's books. I have read that he was from either New England or Florida (I guess it is just safer to say East Coast). Some writers have gone so far as to compare his work to Swenson. I have only seen pictures of 2 of his "bobcat" pistols, but I was very impressed. Does anyone have any further information about this elusive master?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:25 pm 
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Alright, I will post the pictures I have found of two different pistols. These aren't the best photos, but they do give a general picture of Sheldon's work. I would like to see more, if anyone has them available. I am interested in the triggers. They appear very unique to me--quite a sharp curvature, and extension.

Also, I did find these online, and while this certainly isn't for profit, if I am violating some internet protocol, delete them. (Wouldn't want to violate internet protocol!)

First pistol. There is an image of a "bobcat" engraved into the slide.

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Second pistol is a little "dressier." Catering to a slightly higher caliber of barbeque. (For those of you who are counting, that was two puns.)

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So there are some pictures I have found of George Sheldon's work. The history of 1911 smithing fascinates me. I look forward to any comments from the masters found on this site.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:33 pm 
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Never saw one in person, but I do remember reading about them in the 70s/80s. Not as well know as Swenson. There were others, too. Louis Ciamillo was one. His company, Maryland Gun Works (MGW) is still around making sights, but their major business is making car accessories now. Thanks for posting the pics. Hoping someone else will post.


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