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Fighting guns
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:50:07 am »
I find it interesting when I find out that a particular firearm has a "fighting" history behind it. Some ones I have had come my way are from WW1, a 1915 Luger with Imperial markings, a 1917 Colt 1911, a S&W 1917, then a 1922 S&W M&P that was carried during the Williamson County Prohibition wars by a deputy here. Also, from WW2 a rough 1943 K98, a captured Arisaka with mum and a 1943 Garand that went to Parris Island in January of 44. Just found out that a Hi Power I have was an IDF gun that went to the Israeli Police after it's military service.

What are some of the stories behind your fighting guns?
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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 10:57:32 am »
Well, after beating cancer, I decided to treat myself to a special Birthday gift. It happened when I saw an Uberti Cattleman in .357. I bought it on the spot. It was when I got home and showed the wife, and did it cause a fight!
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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 12:46:56 pm »
Congrats on winning at least one fight! ;D
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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 12:51:58 pm »
I  acquired a Luger, 1917 Erfurt Imperial Arsenal 9mm Parabellum.... all matching numbers w/ 1 matching numbered magazine ( however it has a crack in the wood base plug probably in the same bombing) w/ original holster.
It is not a Treaty recognized second re-dated to 1920, so it had not been turned at the Armistice or turned in under  The Treaty of Versailles.
It does have some rock (stone building) minor rash on the side plate when the Bomb collapsed the building in on the Owner...
A letter Accompanying it states is was taken in the village Falasie (Normandy) of Aug. 1944 ( Battle of the Falaise Pocket ) Six weeks after D-Day.
John Wilson Collette ( US 1st. Army ) is the fellow that captured this piece .

I also have  a 1944-dated Beretta that's marked with a 4 over a "UT" in 7.65.
It was surrendered in the Ruhr Valley pocket. I have the capture paper for this piece,
and bought it from the nephew of the fellow that brought it back.

I also have an Model 1917 Eddystone (Jan 1918) .... that saw service in the Great War, it was returned to the armory for refreshing and was in the arsenal for WW2
all matching except the stock is marked R ( this might be correct as Eddystone Arsenal was the manufacturing plant responsible for producing the Remington contract Model 1917 rifles for the U.S. government during 1917 and 1918.


An 1860 Colt Army issued to 5th Iowa Cavalry
and a Grizwold & Gunnison confederate revolver...from the home of Charles Henderson who was the 35th Governor of Alabama from 1915 to 1919
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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 04:58:59 pm »

I am want to contribute .... I have but one "fighting" gun.  A "Built" AMT Hard Baller I carried for the Seattle PD.  It has some stories.

None of the rest of my pile of guns are considered "Fighting" guns.  Although given the opportunity, they would fight if they could fight just a woodchuck would chuck wood if he could.

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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 05:51:56 pm »
My best "Fighting Gun" is my C96 Mauser with a 1917 Austrian proof mark. I can't confirm that it was involved in anything, but I have to think that in those 100+ years, it must have been...

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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2019, 09:04:31 am »
I did not mention my 2nd Model S&W Russian, aside for Imperial acceptance eagle & Russian Script , no provenance.
There is a rack or maybe unit number stamped on the frame.

Assuming it was sent to Russia and issued , no idea how it return to this country.
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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 06:36:42 pm »
Pistols:
Mauser 1910 and 1914
S&W 1917/1937 Brazilian contract
Colt 1911A1 - made in 1933 - I bought from the local "toy" store that informed me that it was brought in by a 90+ year old man that carried it in WWII. I have the holster, also.

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Springfield Trapdoor
1896 Krag-Jorgenson
1917 Eddystone
1903-A3 Springfield
M1 Garand

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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2019, 04:00:55 am »
I have a Lee Enfield no.1 rifle dated 1916 with a South African mark. I'm certain it must have seen action given its date.

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Re: Fighting guns
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2019, 10:40:55 pm »
Family fight'n guns,,grandad=Harrington & Richardson 32 cal. top break...pop= S&W MODEL 10,, Colt 1911 and Thompson m1a1..Lil ol me= s&w 28 ,M14