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I obtained Col Richard Malcolm Cutts II, USMC’s Smith and Wesson Triplelock a number of years ago. The gun is nickel plated, has Mother of Pearl grips, is .44 Smith and Wesson Special caliber, 6.5” barrel and shows wear. It was originally sold through a gun shop in Middleburg, Virginia in 1999. It came from the estate of his son, BG Richard Malcolm Cutts III, USMC. He lived in The Plains, Virginia from 1941 until his death in 1973. The Plains is eight miles from Middleburg. His wife, Dorthea, passed away in 1998. The Cutts estate was then sold off in 1999, including uniforms and insignia. The militaria was sold through the auction house, Sloans, in Maryland. The pistol could not be sold with the other auction items in Maryland. The Sloans auction stated that BG Cutts lived in Middleburg, though his home actually was in The Plains. A close friend attended the auction and obtained a WWII uniform and medals and insignia of BG Cutts. He also obtained the dress hat, Philippine campaign medal and some insignia from BG Cutts' father, Col Cutts. He still has the items in his collection. The Cutts came from a long line of military members. Col Cutts invented the compensator that carries his name and he developed it with his son BG Cutts. The well known add on shotgun compensator was designed by BG Cutts and had a dual patent ownership with his wife, Dorthea.
The pistol was originally shipped to a New York distributor in January 1911. Col Cutts went with a Marine expeditionary force to Cuba in May 1912 and most likely obtained the gun prior to that expedition. At that time it was not unusual for a Marine officer to purchase his own pistol. He went on to serve in Dominican Republic (1923-4) and Haiti (ca 1930). While in Santo Domingo, DR, he was Commandant of the Army. He was also involved with forming the Nicaraguan constabulary in 1926. During that time he worked with Gen. Thompson to arm the constabulary with machine guns. Col Cutts died in 1934.
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Thanks for the history of my Cutts comp on a 1959 Winchester model 12 featherweight 12 ga. with IC ,M, F tubes. Back in the 60's decade it was my goose, pheasant, quail gun for a guy who could afford one shotgun.
 
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