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Old 05-02-2010, 02:20 PM
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My parents were not gun people, and of my grandparents only my mother's parents were comfortable with or around firearms. They were both Texas farmers born in the 1870s, and the shotgun and the .22 were household tools.

One of my mother's older brothers (born 1903) took off wandering in the 1920s. He got to California, signed on a tramp steamer and spent a year or so knocking about SE Asia. He sailed back into San Francisco before the Golden Gate bridge was more than a dream, then began wandering back toward home in Texas. Along the way he got into mining work in New Mexico (more likely management than pick-axe, I would guess), where the story is that he picked up this little .25 Colt Vest Pocket semi-auto on the grounds that even a peaceful and non-confrontational kind of guy (which he very much was) ought to have minimal protection on his person when working with high-energy and possibly unpredictable people.

He died in 1990 and I ended up inheriting this little semiauto.

Kind of rough looking, but I don't think I want to do anything to refinish it. I am pretty sure he bought it used. But he owned it longer than anyone else ever did, so it feels very much like his gun.





According to ProofHouse, the serial number puts this gun's manufacture in 1912.
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I'd love to have something like that, really is a nice looking gun just the way it is.
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Makes you want to wear a vest on occasion...

It's neat, got a connection to your past...and you know it's history and story. Document it. And of course the obvious question....have you shot it ~ as you must. It connects you to your Uncle.
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Great little Colt. With the history,etc. should be kept original. A real family heirloom.
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Great little gun. Keep it as it is. The wear and handling use is what can remind you of your Uncles travels.

The grips are probably original. Correct from the period at any rate. Round top style and deep medallions w/ front facing ponys. I think the medallions on the 25 auto grips (if not all the Pocket Hammerless Models) only came to be in 1911.

It's not rough looking at all. It shows it's wear from traveling in coat and trouser pockets for years offering protection and peace of mind. Exactly what it was meant to do.
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You would be amazed at the accuracy of those little pistols!
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Makes you want to wear a vest on occasion...

It's neat, got a connection to your past...and you know it's history and story. Document it. And of course the obvious question....have you shot it ~ as you must. It connects you to your Uncle.
+1 That says it all!

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Great story.. great gun.. Maybe a Colt Letter?? to go along with it..
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