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Old 01-04-2011, 03:07 AM   #21
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My uncles Winchester 97 that he carried when teaching me to hunt. Wish I could have got his .25 Stevens Crackshot.

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Beautiful transformation on that gun, CA357!!
Thanks Winds. It was shot out and beat, but the slide and frame were good and it had potential. I would have loved to just tweak it a bit and left its character intact, but it was too far gone.

I'd still love to pick up another 1911 in similar condition, but better mechanically. Then I could let it keep its patina of age.

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Thanks Winds. It was shot out and beat, but the slide and frame were good and it had potential. I would have loved to just tweak it a bit and left its character intact, but it was too far gone.

I'd still love to pick up another 1911 in similar condition, but better mechanically. Then I could let it keep its patina of age.

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You mean, like this one?

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This one is because my beautiful children got it for me. I will keep it forever.

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Rock, if I had that Colt, it would still look like that.

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Rock, if I had that Colt, it would still look like that.
It always will.

Someone tried to get me to have it restored about 24 years ago, but I told him he was crazy. It is all original and is 100% reliable with all types of ammo. It even cycled and fed the old crimped Remington shotshells perfectly.

I have the original stocks for it, but liked the 1911 diamond patterns that I found at a gun show for $3.
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You mean, like this one?

That gun is beautiful. I saw one similar to that from I think 43 for 1,500 or so.
When I get a 1911 I want it to look like yours.
Quick question though.... do you shoot it much or is it pretty much a novelty piece?
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Colt New Frontier.

Dad bought it new back in '68. Got broke and pawned it in early 80's. Uncle owned the pawnshop. Dad didn't pay and it got sold. Uncle was also owned lots of rentals, and was a deputy sheriff. He got called on a housefire, happened to be one of his rentals. And in the burned out kitchen, under the table laid this Colt. Turned out to be dad's, so the department released it to my uncle, who replaced the melted grips and gave it back to my dad.

I got it my 16th birthday. I've dropped it while practicing my quick draw shortly after he gave it to me. Broke the grip frame where it fastens under the hammer. Dropped it on my carpeted bedroom floor. Spent 14 months to find a new one. Firing pin broke in the late 90's. Just found another one about 4 years ago.

Its not beautiful, been in a fire, rode In the truck in the oil fields for years, been shot at least a half a million times.

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That gun is beautiful. I saw one similar to that from I think 43 for 1,500 or so.
When I get a 1911 I want it to look like yours.
Quick question though.... do you shoot it much or is it pretty much a novelty piece?
I used to shoot it, but have not fired it in 10-12 years. Not because I'm saving it, just because I have a lot of guns and don't have time to shoot them all.
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My first rifle, the .22 my grandpa gave me. The M16A2 I was assigned at Parris Island. And the Ar I built with the help of my old man.

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