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This was in the late 80's. I'm trying to recall the shop's name and the owner's name.

The owner was probably in his late 30's, dark hair. He kept his black chow, Teddy, in the store with him.

The store originally started out in a small strip mall on W. Church Rd near the creek. After a year or two it was moved into a business park in Cascades.

Best of luck with the auction waynewash!


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Para, will there be some kind of letter from SIG (Rich Morovitz) "certifying" the prototype nature of this gun? Thanks.






 
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I knew Lee, when we both worked at Odin in 1982. That's him in the photo on the ID.

The men that worked there were all a part of who I became today, and I owe all of them, but in particular Tom N. and Jack K., a huge debt, one I'm not sure I can ever settle, save by acting with young men as they did with me.

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This was in the late 80's. I'm trying to recall the shop's name and the owner's name.



IIRC, it was Sterling Guns.

I didn't know it moved; I thought it simply closed circa 1994.

It was two doors down from the current Joe's Cafe.

If the winner lives in NOVA, I'll happily do the transfer for free.



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This was in the late 80's. I'm trying to recall the shop's name and the owner's name.



IIRC, it was Sterling Guns.

I didn't know it moved; I thought it simply closed circa 1994.

It was two doors down from the current Joe's Cafe.


I believe that's it and I think the owner's first name might have been Frank.

I was told the landlord did not care for the size of the signage they had, which was the same size as the rest of the occupants. I believe the real issue was guns being advertised. The owner had enough of the BS and moved where it would not be an issue.


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well, this is exciting for me. For me, it's like someone who drinks regular wine in the middle of a group of people going gaga over some rare french vintage. And the good thing about SigForum is I know it's not over some hype.

It's also interesting to see the knowledge of members here as they pick out the differences and nuances.

And I like the sense of community from the restrictions on the auction.

Best of luck on the auction to everyone.



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As a low post guy unable to bid (but huge P228 fan), I can still appreciate how ultra cool this historic pistol is. Bravo for those making this auction possible, and congrats to the eventual winner!

In a sense, we all have already won based on the shared knowledge that has been gleaned thus far.


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Para, will there be some kind of letter from SIG (Rich Morovitz) "certifying" the prototype nature of this gun? Thanks.


This would be nice to go along with the auction and likely increase the value.
 
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Lee was a former US Navy fighter pilot, Air America Pilot, and a gunsmith at Odin Intl./Collectors Armory.


As my father was both a US Navy fighter pilot (25 yrs), and an Air America pilot for 8 yrs (67-74 Vientiane, Laos), makes this an added interesting auction to me. The AA community was pretty small. I will ask him if he remembers Lee, they all kept in touch with reunions and a news letter. Original thread is indicating around 2008-2009.


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I'm not a collector, I just view guns as tools and shoot 'em. That said, this gun is awesome and the $4k reserve seems fair to me, I bet it will go to a very appreciative Sigforum home (as it should).

Edit: thank you Wayne and Para for the work on this, I loved reading about this gun from the start of the first thread about it, super cool.




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Yep, thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

I may be a participant in the auction, I just have to convince myself.

Ahh, hell, I know I'll bid!


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I was fortunate enough to speak with Lee Salter several times in the late '80s while he was with Sig. He helped me when I had a couple of small issues with a used P226 I'd bought.

During one conversation, I mentioned that I loved the gun but would like to see something a bit smaller that would fit my hand a little better. He said sort of cryptically, "You might not have to wait very long."

Little did I know....

He was particularly helpful in early 1989 when I told him that Dallas PD hadn't been able to get a couple of pistols to test for our upcoming transition from revolvers. He made a couple of calls and got them for us. The P226 ended up coming out the winner during evaluations and became the issue sidearm.
 
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Para, will there be some kind of letter from SIG (Rich Morovitz) "certifying" the prototype nature of this gun? Thanks.
Rich is in the same boat as the rest of us when it comes to a lack of documentation on the pistol. Rich stated in an email that the pistol generated a great deal of interest amongst people at SIG-Sauer and he considers the pistol worthy of a spot in a SIG-Sauer museum. This email is not something I'm going to distribute or publish, since it contains information not related to the pistol, which does not need to be seen by others. We'll provide the auction winner with a copy, though.

If you guys want a letter from SIG-Sauer certifying this pistol, it's not going to happen. Rich believes it to be authentic, as do I, but we're talking about events from 30 years ago, and the documentation simply no longer exists.
 
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Here's a photo of the two magazines which accompany the pistol.

 
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Para, will there be some kind of letter from SIG (Rich Morovitz) "certifying" the prototype nature of this gun? Thanks.
Rich is in the same boat as the rest of us when it comes to a lack of documentation on the pistol. Rich stated in an email that the pistol generated a great deal of interest amongst people at SIG-Sauer and he considers the pistol worthy of a spot in a SIG-Sauer museum. This email is not something I'm going to distribute or publish, since it contains information not related to the pistol, which does not need to be seen by others. We'll provide the auction winner with a copy, though.

Thank you. That is more than good enough for me. Cool






 
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Very much looking forward to this beginning tomorrow!


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I'll go first. In for $4000.00.
 
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Cool. I'll bid $4,000.01. Just to say I bid on it.

I should be outbid in 5. 4. 3. 2. 1...



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Cool. I'll bid $4,000.01. Just to say I bid on it.

I should be outbid in 5. 4. 3. 2. 1...

It's $25 increment. Wink






 
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Serious bidders only, please
 
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Might as well, $4,025.00. Cool






 
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