Originally Posted by Rick1967
I would love to have an original 1911 that actually saw combat in the trenches.
My Dad's M1911A1 Ithaca that went from Normandy 1944 to Dachau 1945;
Here, I'll up the ante.
The Ithaca on the left was used to eliminate the need of the German officer to keep his Luger P08. Said action occured somewhere in the Herken forest January 1945.
I retired Dad's Ithaca a few years back. We (the family) would go to a range on Thanksgiving Day for a shoot in memory of Dad.
When one of my sons asked, "Will continued shooting reduce the value of Grand Dad's gun?" it hit me like a ton of bricks!
This wasn't my gun, I was only responsible for it while in my stewardship and it will continue in it's progress of stewardship by being handed down to the grand kids!
My retirement of the Ithaca (and the Luger) is due to it's provenance.