I was asked to repost photos of my dad's Pre-WWII Colt National Match. My father collected Pre-WWII Colt semi-automatics and had .22, .25, .32, .380, .38 Super, and this .45 - all like new in their boxes.
The Prewar blue was truly a "blue" in color. In the sunlight, it's stunning.
Gotta like the old guns with factory test targets too.
I will say it again, that National Match has got to be the finest Colt I've ever seen mm6mm6. It is stunning and I cant stop saying "Aww man " Your Fathers Colt is one which will never come again. Thank you for posting sir.
Classic 1911A1 Clone based on an SA GI .45 with some additions for more authentic look. Actual WW-II era Wide Ring Grips. And can't get more classic than this: Colt 1911 Carbonia Re-Issue. Some eary issues, but resolved nicely including a Colt Factory Trigger Job. Almost too purty to shoot.
First off, I don't really care for 1911's. I'm a P226 guy, always have been, always will be.
Having said that, my father, a 30+ year retired Texas Highway Patrol Captain, gave me this Sig 1911 Fastback Emperor Scorpion Carry for Christmas in 2017. He did so because he was very old school, loved the 1911 and had been carrying one daily for years. It was his go to platform. He'd busted the knuckles in his right hand after years of roping and couldn't easily shoot his older Smith & Wesson wheelguns anymore, but his Ed Brown .38 Super, Dan Wesson Valor, highly upgraded Remington R1 and 1970 satin Colt Combat Commander presented no problems for the man.
And, as he was quick to remind me, the 1911 was an all American design and won two world wars, while the Sig P226 was a product of Germany (who lost both) and the Swiss (who were neutral). Subtle, my Pop wasn't.
He'd been struggling with cancer for sometime and wanted to give his black sheep "Sig Kid" something special while there was still time, so he compromised with himself and got me a Sig.... a Sig 1911.
I was floored. He actually really enjoyed how it shot, but he did say he thought the design of Sig's hammer and trigger looked a bit...fey, I guess is a good word. So I got a Wilson Combat Ultralite Match Trigger, Bullet Proof slide stop and extractor, a forged Colt Commander hammer and (despite his misgivings), picked up a Fusion Firearms full length stainless steel guide rod. I also decided to feed it with better looking, flush fit Wilson Shooting Star magazines as well.
After sending it to his favorite gunsmith in Amarillo, the pictures below show the final results of the plastic surgery. Yes, it's still pure Sig, but now it carries itself with an old school authority it never had before.
We got to go shooting several times throughout 2018 and we enjoyed this Sig, along with his stable of other 1911's, immensely. That is, until the cancer began to spread. Last September was the last time I ever got to shoot with him. Later, with my brother and I holding his hand, he left this world and went to be with the Lord last New Year's Eve.
I'll likely never carry this 1911 daily, it's not what I 'know', muscle memory-wise. But anytime I hold it or fire it, I always see my Dad's smile because he knew he gave me something I'll love and cherish for the rest of my life.
So this is my Classic 1911, my only 1911, my favorite 1911 if I ever happen to have another and, despite all the P226's I own, it is now my favorite pistol.
Thank you, Dad, for such a wonderful gift. I miss you...
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