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Posted by Jim (220.127.116.11) on May 05, 2014 at 21:10:27:
Location: Standing On the Edge
It was October of 1943. Almost two years after Pearl Harbor. Seven months before D-Day. This Remington Rand .45 (manufactured under contract with Colt) came off the assembly line and went off to fight in WWII. Maybe it went to Europe. Or Africa. Or maybe it island-hopped from one Japanese held island to another in the Pacific. I don't know for sure.
I do know that after the war, it came home and went to the Rock Island Arsenal for what was probably some much needed repair. Years later, it went off to war again, this time in Korea. It has seen a lot of use. The finish is completely worn off in places, and some parts are rounded off from handling and holster wear...but it has a lot of character. It's a survivor.
It and it's original holster live with me now, and gets periodic workouts at the gun range. The action on this 71-year-old pistol is so smooth, it actually shoots better than my newer Colt .45 semi-auto.
This is one pistol that I wish could talk.
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