Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Notices

Firearms & Knives - Other Brands Post Your Non-S&W Gun, Knife, and Blade Topics Here


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-07-2020, 07:33 PM
Lee Barner's Avatar
Lee Barner Lee Barner is offline
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NW Tennessee
Posts: 3,101
Likes: 16,481
Liked 9,737 Times in 1,571 Posts
Default return of an old friend

I traded this Colt Gov't model off about 10 years ago and have missed it ever since. (moment of weakness) it was made in 1951 and built as a bullseye pistol in 1966 by a gunsmith in KCMO. I bought it in 1996 in Leavenworth, KS from the gentleman who had the work done and shot it in competitions for 30 years. today in the LGS the owner's son pulled it out of a rug and asked me what I thought about it. I told him I thought it was made in 1951 and built up in 1966. his eyes got all wide and asked me how the heck I knew that. then I told him I used to own it. he asked if I wanted to own it again and we came to a quick agreement. it's back home to stay. lee
Attached Thumbnails
return of an old friend-img_0105-2-jpg   return of an old friend-img_0102-2-jpg  
__________________
VFW, NRA, VVA
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-07-2020, 08:28 PM
Wyo's Avatar
Wyo Wyo is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 1,582
Likes: 443
Liked 3,287 Times in 748 Posts
Default

You don’t get those second chances very often, and you got a good one. You made a wise decision!
__________________
“Everybody could shoot."
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #3  
Old 01-07-2020, 09:10 PM
Faulkner's Avatar
Faulkner Faulkner is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Arkansas Ozarks
Posts: 5,088
Likes: 3,921
Liked 18,710 Times in 2,597 Posts
Default

That's pretty cool.
__________________
- Change it back -
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #4  
Old 01-07-2020, 09:57 PM
bill-in-texas bill-in-texas is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Round Rock, Texas
Posts: 60
Likes: 382
Liked 127 Times in 39 Posts
Default

Wow! That’s amazing good fortune, Lee.
I really dig the post war Colt 1911s!
-Bill
__________________
Veteran Paratrooper, '86-'90
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 01-07-2020, 10:28 PM
jdlii's Avatar
jdlii jdlii is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: TN
Posts: 1,510
Likes: 2,662
Liked 2,793 Times in 850 Posts
Default

Great find and reacquisition!! I own one very similar but, mine was originally produced in 1949 and belonged to a three gun competitor from Oak Ridge, TN.

When I acquired the Colt, it had about 88% bluing and was well used. I sent it to Walter Birdsong for his "Black Tea" finish, changed out the original grips for a set of VZ's and up graded the recoil spring. It still shoots great!

Looks like your rear sight, like mine, is a Mirco adjustable sight.
Attached Thumbnails
return of an old friend-img_0212-jpg   return of an old friend-img_0213-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 01-07-2020, 10:44 PM
Lee Barner's Avatar
Lee Barner Lee Barner is offline
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NW Tennessee
Posts: 3,101
Likes: 16,481
Liked 9,737 Times in 1,571 Posts
Default

yep, Micro rear sight and Micro bushing. mine loves 200 gr lswc bullets. that's what the previous owner shot in it. lee
__________________
VFW, NRA, VVA
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #7  
Old 01-07-2020, 11:17 PM
les.b's Avatar
les.b les.b is offline
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: May 2015
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 5,225
Likes: 100,187
Liked 21,127 Times in 4,376 Posts
Default

I love a story with a happy ending!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Best Regards, Les
__________________
SWCA 3084, SWHF 495, PGCA 3064
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #8  
Old 01-07-2020, 11:36 PM
JH1951's Avatar
JH1951 JH1951 is offline
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: South-Central PA
Posts: 2,260
Likes: 9,614
Liked 2,774 Times in 1,028 Posts
Default

That story needed to be told. Thank you for that.
There is hope for all of us who have sold so many that should have never gotten away.
And, certainly, congratulations!!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #9  
Old 01-08-2020, 03:48 PM
Tex1001's Avatar
Tex1001 Tex1001 is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North Texas
Posts: 781
Likes: 1,072
Liked 1,218 Times in 374 Posts
Default

Good for you.
Now, if I could only get my old Colt 4" Python to come home.
I sold it in '74 to finance my honeymoon.
__________________
I'm with her
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #10  
Old 01-08-2020, 04:18 PM
Jessie's Avatar
Jessie Jessie is online now
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 6,591
Likes: 6,672
Liked 9,762 Times in 3,608 Posts
Default

Good for you! Nice gun.
Now, how much was the parking for that 10yrs?
__________________
“Look life in its iron face”
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #11  
Old 01-08-2020, 07:10 PM
Valmet's Avatar
Valmet Valmet is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 2,267
Likes: 1,458
Liked 1,830 Times in 998 Posts
Default

Great story, hang onto it! I love those commercial Colt grips.
__________________
Some Might Say.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 01-08-2020, 07:25 PM
Lee Barner's Avatar
Lee Barner Lee Barner is offline
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NW Tennessee
Posts: 3,101
Likes: 16,481
Liked 9,737 Times in 1,571 Posts
Default

Jessie, I broke even. I would have paid more, but paid his asking price. lee
__________________
VFW, NRA, VVA
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #13  
Old 01-08-2020, 08:29 PM
Goldstar225 Goldstar225 is offline
Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cabot, AR
Posts: 934
Likes: 818
Liked 1,292 Times in 433 Posts
Default

Great story! There's a couple out there that I would like a second chance at, probably never happen. Hope you get many years of pleasure from yours.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-08-2020, 08:58 PM
crsides crsides is offline
SWCA Member
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: upstate SC / Mtns SW Va
Posts: 4,286
Likes: 2,446
Liked 7,403 Times in 1,621 Posts
Default

Congrats Lee. Nice story, nice guy.
__________________
Charlie
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-08-2020, 09:54 PM
Jessie's Avatar
Jessie Jessie is online now
US Veteran
return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend return of an old friend  
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 6,591
Likes: 6,672
Liked 9,762 Times in 3,608 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lee Barner View Post
Jessie, I broke even. I would have paid more, but paid his asking price. lee
That’s even better!
__________________
“Look life in its iron face”
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Return of an Old Friend JayFramer Firearms & Knives - Other Brands 26 09-19-2019 07:22 PM
My return USMCHEROS The Lounge 21 09-23-2014 04:12 AM
3913 friend to friend sale ????? BAM-BAM Smith & Wesson Semi-Auto Pistols 31 09-13-2014 02:23 PM
The Return Of the 645 Kavinsky Smith & Wesson - The Wish List 1 02-18-2013 11:32 PM
My Friend, Your Friend: Michael Moore godlessgael The Lounge 13 09-18-2009 12:45 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:19 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2020
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)