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1918 Colt 1911 Mutilated????

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by SigFTW, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. SigFTW

    SigFTW

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    Came across this in a local hunting site, 1918 Colt with a cut off trigger guard. Has anyone seen this before and why would you do it?

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  2. Leigh

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    Just like the 'Fitz Special' treatment that was applied to snubbies.

    Actually, more than one LEO (Texas Rangers come to mind) wanted such a modification on their DUTY gun!

    Scary, but 100% true.
     
  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    People doing dumb stuff to their guns aren't just relegated to modern times.
     
  4. I can only imagine that you might do this if you had to wear heavy thick gloves.
    It was just a thought.
    Other than that I see no reason for it.
     
  5. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    As mentioned. That very well could be a Fitz Special. If it could be proven it would be worth a ton of money still.

    People have to understand these guns like that had no real value until the 80's/90's or so when people started collecting them
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    Fitz himself did few if any autos.
    There were a very very very few on special order. This one does not appear to have the telltale relocated proof mark.
    Lone Wolf Gonzaulles of the Texas Rangers was the best known user of the cut auto.

    Most sources these days recommend against a trigger shoe on a gun WITH trigger guard for fear it might be snagged to fire. A trigger shoe on a gun without trigger guard is really wild.
     
  7. Wyoming

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    :crying:

    I guess the people responsible for that are dead so having the UN prosecute them for crimes against Humanity is mute point now.

    Oh and the trigger shoe. If you are going to screw it up you might as well pour it on.
     
  8. SigFTW

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  9. 1911Tuner

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    It looks scary, but actually isn't any more risky than one with a full trigger guard unless you jam the pistol back into the holster cocked with the safety in the go-bang position.

    That's what the thumb safety was put there for, after all. For hasty reholstering in the heat of a fight while trying to regain control of a frightened bucking horse...and maybe forgetting to get the finger off the trigger.
     
  10. AustinTx

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    Absolutely correct. The Texas Rangers were the first LEO to jump on the Colt 1911, as far as I have been able to determine. The Rangers that carried them, usually carried 2, sometime referred to as a pair..

    The following link will pretty much explain the whole thing, thanks to the NRA.

    http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/the-fitz-special-2/