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    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all! In the spirit of Christmas cheer, I thought I'd do something a little different and show different guns over the next 12 days from the Charles W. Clawson collection that I've not shown before. I acquired all these after his death in one lot, but have letters on all of them, signed by Mr. Clawson when previously purchased by a friend. Enjoy.

    So, on the 1st day of Christmas... a 1919 Colt M1917 revolver, shipped to Springfield Armory 3 January 1919 and referenced on page 180 in Colt .45 Service Pistols. Yeah, I know it's not an auto pistol, but please have patience. More to come...and they're all autos.





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    Always enjoy your stunning collection and beautiful photography - Merry Christmas, Scott!

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    Most Excellent!
    Merry Christmas!
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    Very nice Colt, and a Merry Christmas to you!

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    looking forward to the next 11 days , excellent start Scott.

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    On the 2nd day of Christmas...A U.S. Army Air Force Ithaca from Mr. Clawson's collection. Shipped 3 June 1944, to Kearney Air Field, in the last Ithaca shipment prior to D-Day. This was right after Ithaca began shipping orders with serial numbers in strict sequential order.

    You'll notice this pistol has early production no-ring Keyes stocks, as do many AAF Ithacas in different ranges. This may indicate the pistols were manufactured earlier, or simply that the stocks weren't always used in the same order as produced. But no-ring stocks are pretty common on AAF Ithacas in various serial ranges...which is interesting.





    And finally, Mr. Clawson's hand-written tag for the pistol.

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    Beautiful guns. Great pictures. Keep em coming. Thanks for sharing my friend.
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    Scott, So Far, So Great!!
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    A Superb Idea To Share A Truly Magnificent Collection Scott...

    Looking Forward To The Rest Like A Kid Waiting For Christmas Morning.



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    On the 3rd day of Christmas...From page 202 of Mr. Clawson's Colt .45 Government Models, an ANIB British contract Ballester-Molina, shipped to the British ca. 1940-41, according to Mr. Clawson.

    It is my understanding that these were ordered for the British S.O.E. However, just like the U.S. pistols shipped to England under the Lend Lease Act of 1941, it appears most/many of these were sold off surplus after the war in nearly new condition. While Ballester-Molina pistols are not all that rare in general, the British contract guns are pretty difficult to find, due primarily to the low number produced in comparison to those produced for the Argentinean military.



    Condition alone sets this pistol apart from most encountered. What makes this pistol exceptionally rare is that it has an original British contract box with it. When sold surplus, just like with the lend lease U.S. pistols, no effort was made to match the boxes up to the pistols. However, the serial number of this box is remarkably close the number of the pistol.




    Besides the original box, the pistol had four additional magazines with it, two in what appear to be the original wrap.
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