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The Consummate Collector
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During his 69 years J. Henry Fitzgerald was a pioneer in the field of ballistic forensics, a world class gunsmith, competitive pistol shot, writer, showman and quick draw artist.

From 1918 - 1944 he worked for Colt Firearms, the first ten years as the head of the company's firearms-testing department. Over time his role evolved into that of ballistics expert for Colt.
By the mid-1930's he was traveling in excess of 20,000 miles annually. He gave firearm exhibitions, trained police officers, worked on Colt handguns at shooting competitions worked as a consultant on hundreds of criminal cases and appeared on the stand over 400 times as an expert witness.

"Fitz" as he was affectionately known is most famous for his modification of Colt revolvers. He would shorten the barrel to 2 inches, cut off the spur on the hammer, shorten the grips frame and cut away the front part of the trigger guard.

Fitz retired from Colt in December of 1944 and passed away in June of 1945.













 

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Colt Guy -- that is a really interesting post about the background of "Fitz", the man
behind the gun if you will. The display of memorabilia you show, along with some
beautiful examples of Fitz Specials is exceptional.

That is one of the things that makes this hobby so interesting. It's not just the
guns, it's, the people, stories and history behind it all.

I really enjoy this stuff.

Thanks for posting it!
 

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Cam, displayed here, in story and artifact, is the sort of thing that exemplifies why you are the "Consummate Collector"! Thanks for the post my friend! :cool:
Thanks Tony for the kind words. Many of the small items shown were actually owned by Fitz and they came from his estate after his passing. For example the billfold has his name on it and was one that he used.
 
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