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I was never a Colt collector, but have owned a few since the days when Colt, and surplus 1911 types, were the only ones available. Perhaps contrary to popular myth, some Colts were neither reliable nor accurate pistols. A Colt that was, and still is, both accurate and reliable is a commercial Government model worked over by James Clark in Louisiana back in the '60s.
 

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I was in the brown-water Navy in Viet Nam. The boatswain's mate that ran the boat was qualified as a coxswain and wore the Combat Coxswain emblem on his uniform. I went through the qualifications for Combat Coxswain and put the insignia on my uniform. I was told to take it off because an electronics technician could not be a coxswain, only a boatswain's mate could qualify.
I had an HT/Shipfitter friend who qualified and actively coxswained boats without incident. The Captain was a reasonable man.
 

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I was never a Colt collector, but have owned a few since the days when Colt, and surplus 1911 types, were the only ones available. Perhaps contrary to popular myth, some Colts were neither reliable nor accurate pistols. A Colt that was, and still is, both accurate and reliable is a commercial Government model worked over by James Clark in Louisiana back in the '60s.
Is this your's, or a stock photo?
 

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I was never a Colt collector, but have owned a few since the days when Colt, and surplus 1911 types, were the only ones available. Perhaps contrary to popular myth, some Colts were neither reliable nor accurate pistols. A Colt that was, and still is, both accurate and reliable is a commercial Government model worked over by James Clark in Louisiana back in the '60s.
That’s a beautiful piece. I like the photo too, very appropriate to have a 1911 covering Europe.
 

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I love mine too! I've had my new S103 "SOUTHPAW" 1911 for a week now. Took it to the range 3 times and have run nearly 500 rds through it with no issues whatsoever. Wow! Been getting adjusted to carrying and shooting an all-steel piece opposed to my polymers. Took it outdoors the other day to make some steel ring.....





 

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My latest addition a Lightweight Commander in .45 ACP. I modified one thing. IMG_4565.jpg IMG_4561.jpg
 
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