Actually, I was able to make it into a good shooter for a short time. I rebarreled it into an SSK .41 Avenger.
A .41 Avenger was a wildcat developed by J.D. Jones--basically, a .45 ACP necked down to .41 (.41 caliber bullets were more plentiful than .40's)
This cartridge goes way back to the 1980's, predating the .357 Sig.
With 28 lb. Wolfe springs, you could throw 180 grainers at nearly 1300 FPS.
Later, I decided to return it to .45 ACP and just make it pretty.
It was my "jury gun" that earned me "Certified Master Engraver" status with the Firearms Engravers Guild of America and one of several engraved guns Tom Turpin featured in the 2010 Edition of GUN DIGEST.
Thanks for the kudos.
I totally understand some folks not being a fan of engraved guns and I harbor no ill will about that. After all, engraving doesn't make 'em shoot better.
Usually, it's also because a lot of engraving was done poorly and didn't really enhance the guns' looks. Some people think that if a gun is engraved, it is worth more...not the case.
In answer to a few questions: This is a Series 70 Gold Cup National Match. Bought it "New-In-Box" in 1978 for $314.00 (tax included) I'm still the owner.
It took 7 months to engrave and do the inlay work. The metals used for the inlays are:
24k gold, Rose gold, Green gold, silver, platinum, brass and copper. Since this was a Series 70, I used Lincoln pennies dated 1970 for the copper inlays.
The grips are legal ivory.
...and it's for sale.
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