November 8th, 2012 07:58 AM
An old war horse
It's with a heavy heart that I post these pics. This is of an ancient Colt 1911 that has been stripped of its monetary value, but steeped in sentimental value.
I don't know its original owner and history, but at some point it came into my grandfather's possession. My dad recalls from his childhood that it was used on several
occasions to rescue my aunt from her drunken husband. It was later stolen, but found by the Hampton Sheriff with the serial numbers ground off. The sheriff
somehow recognized it to be my grandfather's, and pulled some strings to have it re-stamped and registered back to him.
My uncle inherited it, and had a friend who owed him money that couldn't be repaid, but offered to nickle plate it for him instead. So sadly, the job
was done. 'Not a bad job on the plating, btw, but some great history was lost there.
My uncle passed it on to my Dad, who used it to protect himself and my mom in their golden years. On 10/24/12 at 7:45am, my Dad passed away, and now it is mine.
The barrel is shot out, the grips are plastic, and the screws in the grips don't match. There's also a dent in the dust cover. It certainly has its battle
scars from such a long life, but also still shoots every time that it is required to. Given the modifications that it has already received over the years, I'm thinking
about putting on some double-diamond walnut grips, and having a qualified gun smith go through it and and replace/fit the barrel, hammer out the dent if possible,
and tune it up so that it's a shooter again.
I present to you, our battered but faithful family heirloom.
Last edited by WHEC724; November 8th, 2012 at 12:12 PM.
'Clinging to my guns and religion
November 8th, 2012 08:02 AM
That is a priceless heirloom, for sure. Great history to it. I hope you write that down for your kids so they'll know, and remember, too.
I'm very sorry that you lost your Father.
November 8th, 2012 09:05 AM
Yes, get a set of wood grips and new screws. Give the old sentry a few more years of honor and respect.
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November 8th, 2012 09:29 AM
November 8th, 2012 09:34 AM
That is an oldie.
Condolences on the loss of your father.
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November 8th, 2012 09:41 AM
Thank you for sharing. Nothing is more valuable than a family heirloom.
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November 8th, 2012 10:04 AM
Give you my condolences on the loss of your father. Please pass this wonderful story to your children so it can be passes on to theirs. What a wonderful thing to have in your family.
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November 8th, 2012 10:09 AM
Sorry about the loss of your father, but having the gun service and extending its lifespan a for another century would be a fine tribute to your family
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November 8th, 2012 10:11 AM
Great piece of family history.
I have an old top break pistol in .38 that my grandfather passed to my dad then on to me when he died in 1980. I decided to leave it just the way it was when I inherited it. It stays in my safe and will probably never be fired again. But it has family history and that means a lot to me.
November 8th, 2012 10:15 AM
Sorry to hear about your father. He has passed you a slice of history. Glad to hear you're thinking about some restoration.
November 8th, 2012 10:16 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your father, and the way that you came into getting such a wonderful piece of family history. But, I'm glad the legacy can keep going.
Personally, I would just get a replacement barrel and grips. Keep the originals. Don't change the look of the gun, just improve the functionality.
Mint condition is great, but well used and well loved is always better.
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November 8th, 2012 11:22 AM
Condolences on the loss of your father.
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November 8th, 2012 01:28 PM
Sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family.
November 8th, 2012 09:12 PM
Sorry for your loss. Often the material things help us to hold onto the memories and make it thru the grieving process. What a great heirloom to have.
November 10th, 2012 12:33 PM
My condolences on the passing of your father. But nice pistol I might even have it encased and with the story off to the side to detail its history.
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