Last night my son wanted Taco Bell. We had the joint mostly to ourselves, until these two somewhat bedraggled gents came in. Both were in head-to-toe camo, and one guy was holding a hand over his eye. After they sat down the eye-holder pulled off his rain poncho and I saw he was open carrying a 1911 of some kind. He asked us a good place to hunt around here (?) and where to find some cows... me: "Cows?" guy: *gestures at buddy* "He has a handicapped pemit." me: "I've only hunted cougar, just south of here, on private land. Guy was offering a bounty." guy: "I use .30-06 on cougar. Last one I shot, it hit a bone and blew out his rib cage, what a mess." me: "Well, I just took a .223." guy: "Yeah, well, I'd be sure to have a sidearm. I always have my sidearm in the woods." me: "I can see that. 1911?" guy: "Yep. .45 caliber. Only 3 companies made 'em: Colt, Springfield, and Ithaca." me: "If you mean ww1, it was just Colt and the Springfield armory." guy: "What about Ithaca?" me: "WW2. It was Colt, Ithaca, Remington-Rand, and US&S. Singer even made a few. " Now the guy got up and handed me his loaded gun, condition 2 or 3 (I never checked); I guess I have a trustworthy face? guy: "What's this then?!?" I was half expecting a good old GI Mixmaster. Left side of the slide read MODEL 1911A1 US ARMY. Right side frame said Auto Ordnance, and serial #. me: "This was the manufacturer of the Tommy gun. Kahr owns them now. This one feels like a nice piece. Has it been reliable for you?" guy: "That's one accurate sumbich right there." As soon as I handed it back he pulled out the mag and popped out a round to show me the Hornady ammo he likes to carry. Hardball profile with a rubber tip? Anyway, we were done eating and ready to go. In a perfect world I might've invited the guys over for some more in-depth 1911 discussion. But part of me, maybe 10%, was hinky about a guy who, in the course of casual conversation, would pull his pistol out and hand it to a total stranger at Taco Bell. So, which GTer was it? I felt bad that I never asked why he was holding his eye.