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    1 of 50 that went with General Pershing

    I just saw this listed on Gunbroker. It is 1 of only 50 Colt 1911's that were documented in the Colt archives as being shipped directly to "General Pershing and staff," shortly before they departed the United States for Europe in 1917. I have searched for one of those elusive Colt 1911's for over thirty years, always checking serial numbers whenever I come across one at a gun show. Who knew this guy would have one for sale? The only regret I have is not having the money to bid on it. I hope it finds a good home with someone who appreciates the historical significance it represents. https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/805395172

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    Bummer. The once in a lifetime dream gun arrived, and your ship has left port. Hopefully another will come along. But for now have another cup of coffee, enjoying the simpler things in life.

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    I thought it went cheap, then saw it has a couple days to run yet.

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    No factory letter? I realize the ad mentions documentation in the book but still...
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    That would be a nice one to own but at that price I would want irrefutable proof that Pershing carried it.


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    May have been issued to a soldier that was also issued a typewriter.
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    I have also searched for one of these fifty a long time but if you find one and letter it from Colt it will only show the destination of New York Arsenal, Governors Island, even though Goddard's book reads "For General Pershing and Staff". I spoke to Paul at Colt archives and he told me there are no notes about Pershing's staff in the shipping ledgers for this group. Once when speaking to Mr. Goddard I mentioned this discrepancy and he told me he got the Pershing reference from the archives but couldn't explain why there is no notation of that in the Colt records now. If they were issued to the General's staff they would have probably been in pristine condition at least up to the point when the war ended.
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    I want to buy the Colt 1911 that the bad guy used/brandished on the Titanic before it went down in 1912.
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    It has a real "idiot mark" as shown in picture #11 where someone tried to get something under the slide stop to pry it out. You can bet this was not a U.S. soldier, and happened after it fell into civilian hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    It has a real "idiot mark" as shown in picture #11 where someone tried to get something under the slide stop to pry it out. You can bet this was not a U.S. soldier, and happened after it fell into civilian hands.
    I don't know. I've come across a lot of idiots in the US Army that should never be allowed near a weapon. Just sayin.
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