I think I might have wound up with two of those guns. One was a Lend/Lease 45ACP and the other an engraved 7 1/2” flattop 22/22mag convertible. I picked them up from a dealer at the KC Collectors show. He said that he’d sold all the others for the owner and these were found afterwards at the back of his safe. Felt very fortunate to have had the chance to own them.These two more usfa’s In 32-20 (32wcf) came along later. One has the factory Tru-Ivories and the top one is real special.
A couple of years after USFA closed down, I had orchestrated a large deal between buyer and seller that totaled 45 USFA guns in all. All NIB and from USFA custom shop. These guns were all special in some way. Flattops, engraving, Armory blued , custom grips, and combinations of all therein. In brokering the deal, the seller allowed me to pick two guns to buy out of the group first and at what we both considered a low price. I picked one Armory blued engraved 45LC Flattop ... which took most of my funds at the time. .. so I also picked the ONLY gun in the whole pile that was basically a standard model. .. the only one with no engraving , no special stocks, standard. I could afford to add that as the second one. It was in 32wcf.
It did occur to me how odd it was that, out of 45 USFA custom shop guns, there is the one plain Jane standard. Hmmm.
Well, the seller ships the two guns to me and the engraved ARmory blued Flattop is amazing of course.. but there sits the 32-20 with its standard HR grips it being a regular ol SA. So I’m looking it over with my puzzler puzzling .. and then I discovered why this gun was being kept with the others. It had a note in the box from USFA that it’s the FIRST 32-20 that USFA produced..
...it’s USA parts made... serial 23161. I’ve always been more lucky than good.