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  1. The French Concession 1911A1s are scarce but...

    The French Concession 1911A1s are scarce but still seem to be easier to find than the French Concession 1908 pistols, which had the "Concession Francaise Changhai" markings also marked out. I have...
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    PS--I tried to post photos of my best SMP 1911A1,...

    PS--I tried to post photos of my best SMP 1911A1, SMP #12, but despite changing size and format couldn't get it to load. If anyone wants to post it PM me your email and I'll send them to you to...
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    I never know when something it coming out until I...

    I never know when something it coming out until I get the check or see it in FN but I will post as soon as the first one is out. FN usually stays on the news stands for only a couple of weeks so...
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    For anyone who wants more info on the Shanghai...

    For anyone who wants more info on the Shanghai Colts as well as their other weapons including the Thompson SMG, the special ammunition, the training, etc. I have a two part article coming up in...
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    Although the .380 had a screw to look the safety...

    Although the .380 had a screw to look the safety in the off position, the 1911A1s normally had a pin. I've probably seen 25 Shanghai .45 autos and owned a half dozen and most show a lot of use. ...
  6. Sorry, I don't know how the numbering system...

    Sorry, I don't know how the numbering system worked. There were actually quite a few CCLs issued in Shanghai but I agree not enough to merit such a high number if they were just numbered...
  7. Forgot to mention in regards to the SMP giving...

    Forgot to mention in regards to the SMP giving pistols; the SMP holster pictured in my WORLD'S FIRST SWAT TEAM book came from an SMP M1908 presented to a Scandinavian diplomat.
  8. I have seen two pistols with markings such as...

    I have seen two pistols with markings such as this that were accompanied by the concealed carry license--one was an FN 1910 and the other was a Colt 1903. the FN1910 was from the French Concession...
  9. I have two comments. The "U" number on your...

    I have two comments. The "U" number on your SMP pistol appears similar to ones that were put on pistols for which concealed weapons licenses were issued in Shanghai. In at least a couple of...
  10. It's not that uncommon to find Colt M1903 and...

    It's not that uncommon to find Colt M1903 and M1908 pistols with British retailer markings, often cased. I have a half dozen of them I've picked up over the years. Also found relatively often are...
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    In regards to Jack the Dog; I have bought quire a...

    In regards to Jack the Dog; I have bought quire a few guns from him and have always found him 100% ethical and reliable. In some cases, I paid a premium and in others I got a bargain.
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    https://www.coltforum.com/forums/image/jpeg;base64...

    https://www.coltforum.com/forums/image/jpeg;base64,/9j/4AAQSkZJRgABAQEAyADIAAD/7QB4UGhvdG9zaG9wIDMuMAA4QklNBAQAAAAAAD8cAVoAAxslRxwCAAACAAIcAj8ABjA4MDEyORwCPgAIMjAxODA3MTccAjcACDIwMTgwNzE3HAI8AAYwODAxM...
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    Some higher-ranking Chinese officers in the SMP...

    Some higher-ranking Chinese officers in the SMP were authorized to carry M1911s as were some Japanese officers
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    PS--I forgot to mention that in the same issue of...

    PS--I forgot to mention that in the same issue of LEGENDARY ARMS I did the Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver and the V-42 Stiletto and other writers did other stuff. I highly recommend the...
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    In reply to Kevin--LEGENDARY ARMS is published by...

    In reply to Kevin--LEGENDARY ARMS is published by Engaged Media. It's actually pretty widely distributed in local grocery stores, etc. where i live. And, I'm glad BakersDozen mentioned SHOOTING...
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    Maybe of interest to Shanghai Colt fans; I just...

    Maybe of interest to Shanghai Colt fans; I just did an article for LEGENDARY ARMS that will be out in two or three months titled "Cols on the Streets of Shanghai" covering the Shanghai Colts. Leroy
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    I ran across this thread on the Shanghai book and...

    I ran across this thread on the Shanghai book and thought some of you might find this of interest: I have been contacted by two production companies over the last couple of years expressing interest...
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    In regards to the BMCP Colts and the blocked...

    In regards to the BMCP Colts and the blocked thumb safety; this indicates that they received the same training as the SMP to carry the pistols in Condition Three, then rack the slide to chamber a...
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    Sorry, I note the photo was too high res to come...

    Sorry, I note the photo was too high res to come through
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    Attached is a photo of the early forerunners of...

    Attached is a photo of the early forerunners of the F-S knife produced in the SMP Armory. Actually, Sam Yeaton had more to do with them than either Fairbairn or Sykes, though they were both...
  21. Although the bulk of the SMP pistols that were...

    Although the bulk of the SMP pistols that were imported came to the USA some were imported by other countries. There used to be a gun shop in Aldershot in the UK that had some SMP pistols. I...
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    I always enjoy seeing the SMP .380s and the...

    I always enjoy seeing the SMP .380s and the magazine variants. I am still searching for one of the Concession Francaise Changhai M1908s. I did find one of the Concession Francaise 1911A1s awhile...
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    Colt Thunderer

    I collect British-retailed Colts or those from the London Armoury. I have owned a half dozen London Armoury Lightnings but have not seen a Thunderer. Are there London Armoury marked .41...
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    It came in from the UK. I haven't actually...

    It came in from the UK. I haven't actually looked at it in at least 20 years; it's been stuck in the back of a safe. Although I am remembering it as .455 it might be .450 boxer, which is also...
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    .455 Flat Top Target

    I have a .455 Eley Flat Top Target, nicely English Bank Note engraved, that I am planning to take to the Colt Show in STL to sell. It's buried in the safe right now so I haven't started doing...
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