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have been following your articles
on the M1911 with interest, as I
am a great fan of the .45. It was my
assigned arm in the Army, and I qualified
expert with it more than once. However,
it wasn't always perfect, and I have that
on very good authority.
In 1973, I was attending an officer's
advanced course in Fort Huachuca,
Ariz., and retired Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall-the famous historian-was
our guest at a function. He wanted to visit Tombstone. He hadn't been
there since 1918. A good friend and I escorted him over there, and en
route the conversation turned to the .45 pistol. My friend and the general got into a discussion on the problems with the sear on the originalissue M1911.
Marshall then told an anecdote about how in World War I he was a
private clearing German ammunition bunkers. All of a sudden a German
soldier charged at him with fixed bayonet. He pulled out his pistol, but it
wouldn't fire. Then he and my friend got into a very detailed discussion of
the sear and why it malfunctioned. Meanwhile, in my mind, this German
soldier is frozen in space in the middle of a bayonet charge. Finally the
general caught his breath, and I very impatiently asked what happened
to the German. He gave me a look of disdain and said, "Oh, my tall
Texas buddy was in the next bunker over and he shot the German
in the head with his .45 revolver. He didn't trust the automatic pistol." Then he went right back to discussing the sear design. I don't
know if Marshall ever recorded that story somewhere else, but I
thought it was relevant to the history of our famous pistol.
COL. GARY BREWER, U.S. ARMY (RET.), MISSOURI

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would like to thank NRA members for their overwhelming support for my request for information
on the use of the Browning Automatic Rifl e (BAR). I
received more than 600 responses and am creating a
"Virtual Hall of Honor" to give our veterans an opportunity to tell the stories of their use of that magnificent
rifl e. I also heard from the wives, sons and daughters of
many BAR men who are no longer with us. The pride is
still there and a few tears were shed.
My second BAR book, America's Rock, will have more
than 300 pages of stories, anecdotes and photographs of
men from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines-as well
as the FBI, CIA, OSS and Greek freedom fighters-from
World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the interwar and post-war eras. If any other veterans have BAR
combat stories to share, please feel free to send them as
there is still time for them to make the book. They can
e-mail me at jimballou@hotmail.com.
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