I was privileged (being friends of a General's son helped) to visit the USMA museum back in the early 70s and hold and fire a shot through the one they had there back then.
A gunsmith named Martz was also chopping up 3 Lugers at a time to make one .45 Luger that same decade. .45 P-38s too. His (immaculate creations) went a little cheaper than this one is being priced. I seem to recall an outfit in Miami (Gangster guns .com?) also making one up for sale fairly recently
I thought there were 10 of the US .45 Lugers, not just 2? Germany declined to continue the testing as 1) they probably knew the War was coming and 2) they didn't want to do the expensive retooling producing the next 200 would require with no assurance of winning the contract.
The Savage pistol almost won the 1911 competition. What killed them was the shipment of 2,000 for the next phase of testing. The guns were (allegedly) loaded onto a box car for railroad shipment to the Army, but the car never made it. Colt then won by default as Savage failed to supply the required number of guns for the field tests. A little skullduggery perhaps? An extension of time to meet the deadline was not granted. The shipment was never located, but every now and then an old Savage .45 pops up somewhere (several in the Southwestern US in the past 40 years) which is strange because Savage never sold one to the public.
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