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Post by ed » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:51 pm

Picked up recently.

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Colt 1911A1 .45ACP. Invented by John Browning, naturally.
Top is a Colt, bottom a Remington Rand. Both made 1943.

We made millions of these things and every company that could manufacture them did. Not really, but there were a lot of manufacturers.

I submit that this is is the apotheosis of design. It was accepted by the US army in 1911 and is still used by Special Forces and various elite formations as well as a number of other countries. The Wiki writeup is good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol#Current

Consider this: how many items first available more than 100 years ago are still in widespread use? And if there are any, consider that the majority of parts of a current production 1911 will interchange with one used in WW1. You all probably don't give a shit but I find that amazing.

They are made today by Colt, Kimber, Remington and a bunch of other manufacturers as well as specialty companies. They are a staple for competition.
What are they worth?
https://www.rockislandauction.com/detai ... ger-1911a1

That gun is nothing special, didn't belong to Patton or anything. It is simply a rare 1911 made by Singer. You can getr a perfectly serviceable one for $800 or so (WW2 Vintage).

This is a true collectors rabbit hole. I think (and am happy to be corrected) that the variations and sub-types and so on are far worse than the Luger. Dunno and won't find out. This constitutes the entirety of my collection of these things. I do have a coupe of modern ones but they don't count.

I had a real curiosity about these things because of this picture:
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Thats my Dad on the left. He is pulling the Brits chestnuts from the fire there, killing Nazis morning noon and night. Not sure where the picture was taken though it was 1943. Dad with a shoulder holstered .45 was a thought to conjure with, at least for 6 year old ed. Anyway, that picture is really the only reason I got these things.

Ironically, I can't shoot a .45 worth a shit. :D
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Re: Latest toy(s)

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:58 pm

Is that your mom on the right?

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:48 pm

I'm vaguely remembering something.

Video tonight if I can find it. :coolspecs:
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Post by ed » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:54 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
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Is that your mom on the right?
Yes. She was a WAC.
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Post by asthmatic camel » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:38 pm

Listy, ed's Mom is third from the left, his Dad at the bottom right.

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:04 pm

Post-WWII DP camp?
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Post by ed » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:11 pm

:freedom: Brit slave laborers under the Nazis liberated by my Dad.
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Re: Latest toy(s)

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:08 pm

ed wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:51 pm
... the variations and sub-types and so on are far worse than the Luger. ...
As promised.

The quotation above reminded me of ... :lmao:

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:09 pm

ed wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:11 pm
:freedom: Brit slave laborers under the Nazis liberated by my Dad.
Wait a minute, that wasn't the right answer. :P

AC?
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Post by ed » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:07 am

You doubting Dad? :x
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:21 am

ed wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:07 am
You doubting Dad? :x
I wouldn't doubt dad, but then I realized it was AC and not you who posted it ... :P

Where did he get the picture? Maybe his dad? :cowbell:
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Post by Witness » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:23 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Post-WWII DP camp?
The things you could find if you had the Internet: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... 533650.tif :roll:

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:12 pm

So I was right. :coolspecs:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:13 pm

Ed is unimpressed by the double 1911. :evil:
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