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READERS WRITE
The Greatest Pistol In The World
" NRA & 'The Greatest Pistol In The World' "
(May 2021, p. 50) brought back great memories
and a good laugh. Mr. Keefe wrote, " The
price for a surplus M1911 was all of $17 in
1961. " As a Life member then I could not
pass up the opportunity, so I bought one.
Later that year, I entered the Army and was
sent to Vietnam with the 1st Special Forces
(Airborne) as a wet-behind-the-ears second lieutenant
I upgraded my cherished Army .45 with
pearl stocks. In those early days of the Vietnam War, " Green Berets " and the " 503rd "
were the only troops in Southeast Asia. We could carry any arms we chose, so I carried
the M1911 and an MP 40 German submachine gun left over from World War II.
The laugh came when I decided to have my M1911 engraved by an old gunsmith
on Okinawa. Through an interpreter, I explained my design: a bear on one side, a
boar on the other, keep the serial number, replace the " United States Property "
with a floral pattern, and engrave a nice cartouche around " Colt M1911 " . Yep, you
guessed it, one month later, gone was the sacred " Colt M1911 " and boldly displayed
inside the nice cartouche was " United States Property " . I had to laugh because it
beat crying, and it truly was a work of art. After I had calmed down, I even gave
him a few some extra dollars. Sixty years later, my $17 " United States Property "
generic .45 ACP is still my favorite and comes equipped with some lighthearted
memories at no extra cost.
John Bacon, Florida
Chinese Warlords
I enjoyed the article " Chinese Warlord Pistols " by
Leonardo M. Antaris (May 2021, p. 64), but I'm sorry he
didn't go into any detail of what many collectors consider
the most unique firearm commissioned by the warlords:
the C96 Broomhandle chambered in .45 caliber. It weighed
in at 5 lbs. and is known as the " box cannon of the Sanxi. " I've enclosed a photo
of a Mauser C96 9 mm Luger (top) and a .45 ACP-chambered box cannon (below).
miTchell Grochowski, via email
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Thank you for your input and the image. Indeed, the Shansei .45 broomhandle is a wonderful
pistol. Having only so much space, there was no room to repeat information that
had been covered previously (April 2013, p. 78). Wish I could have put it all in one spot
but then my article might have morphed into a book! Good luck with your collecting!
len anTaris
Model 1917s & The Norden Bombsight
The article on the Model 1917 Revolvers (April 2021, p. 58) brought to mind stories
my father, 1st Lt. Thomas Gately, told me about his experience early in World
War II. He was a bombardier instructor, and he said that the Norden bombsight, a
classified item, was removed from the aircraft at the end of each day's training and
returned to locked secure storage. When the bombsight was removed from storage,
the responsible officer was required to be armed. The issue sidearm was the Model
1917. Dad couldn't remember if his revolver was a Colt or S&W, but it was another
example of the Model 1917 providing valuable service during World War II.
Tom GaTely, via email
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