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Old 05-22-2019, 08:23 PM
ValleyWalker ValleyWalker is offline
 
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Default 'Twas the Night Christmas (delivery day)

So I've received my shipment notification email. She'll be here tomorrow (5/23/19) and I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival!

First, I'm new here and have been reading up over the last week, trying to learn what I can as I go. Thanks to all for your insight.
A little about what brought me to this point....
I served 17 1/2 yrs overall from the Marine Corps to the Army Nat'l. Guard, but for the purposes of this post, I'll refer to my service in the USMC from 1990-1994. I was Infantry and served two combat tours up to this point.... to say I was familiar with the M9 would be an understatement.... But,
from March-July 1994 I found myself working for the Military Police on Camp Lejuene. I was issued a badge and a .45 1911 (of some kind) for the first few months. We switched over to the M9 Baretta right around May or June of 1994. But, for those first few months I was absolutely loving my .45!!
Last time in Uniform
'93 Mogadishu, 24th MEUSOC
post any pics...

Because of that experience, I've always wanted a "real" 1911. Now, in my mind, a "real" 1911 was one that the military had issued - not a civilian gun built to be like the military ones. I never really wanted a 1911 as a collector's piece or anything that was too valuable to shoot (like some of my safe queens! lol).

Anyway, I heard about CMP's program to release some 1911's and I figured I'd throw my packet into the pile to see what happens. Sure enough, I was lucky enough to receive a call!

I'm not even sure what, if anything, is so special about these guns. So this is where I'll ask the audience.... what's so valuable about these pistols? Yeah, yeah... so some guy bought one on GB for just over $2k. I'm not asking about financial value as much as I'm asking about historical value. I'll never sell this, so it's not about dollar value.... I'm curious what you all find 'valuable' about these pistols... what's your connection to them?

I've got all my 'stuff' packed up and waiting to head to the range! I'm taking my Glock21 .45 and RIA CS Ultra .45 for some grouping comparisons.
I'll post some gun porn tomorrow just as soon as I get back.

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Old 05-22-2019, 08:40 PM
Youngeyes Youngeyes is offline
 
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First, thank you for your service. Second...Are you really unclear as to what these guns mean to us? They represent those that that served and used these guns to defend the nation. I was never in the service, but I have nothing but the highest regard and gratitude to those that did serve. When, and if I get a 1911, it will have come from the hand of an American that held it in defense of me and mine. Please keep your gun with your service and combat ribbons as a badge of honor that you share with past comrades, brothers and sisters. The roll of honor represented by the 1911, stretches back over 100 years. Value indeed!
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:48 PM
ValleyWalker ValleyWalker is offline
 
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Thank you. And yes sir I am aware of your point... hence my desire to purchase one of these. I just wasn't sure what everyone else saw in them.

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Old 05-23-2019, 12:16 AM
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My grandfather served in the 115th infantry regiment of the 29th infantry division and was one of the first ashore at Normandy, landing in the St Laurent area around 10am on June 6th...... He was wounded 12 days later by a German mortar on the drive to St Lo. Spent several months in a Hospital and returned to the 29th in December of 44, just in time to participate in the drive into Germany..... He fought on the front lines until the end of the war..... I never met my grandfather, as he passed away in in early 1980's, a couple years before i was born....... these 1911's and the M1's i have purchased from CMP over the years are my connection to him and my families story....... sometimes i look at my M1's and i wonder where they have been, what they have witnessed and think about the stories they could tell..... i tell my wife all the time, when were watching a history documentary and a young soldier runs by with his M1, that could be the very rifle sitting in my safe.......
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:15 AM
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This is an awesome thread. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m awaiting my delivery confirmation email. I’m sure to tear up when I open the box.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:44 AM
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Back in 1945 in the closing days of the war my grandfather was very tired and worn out, eager for it to be over so he could go home. There was a POW camp where the Germans held western allies prisoner. Well one day a unit of Americans is sent in to liberate this camp.. One of the German guards put up resistance and SOME American shot him in the leg with his 1911.


Anyhow Grandpa did OK after that, US medics bandaged his leg up and he was released in 47.


Sorry I had to be that jerk.


For me at least it's about connecting with past generations. My father and his father both carried these. From ww1 to well past vietnam, that's a long service life and I want to hold that history in my hands. Nothing cooler than to take a 1911 to the range and think about the many others that fired it before you. As American as apple pie.

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Old 05-23-2019, 07:29 AM
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ValleyWalker, First Thank you for your service. I did not serve but many in my family have served since WWII. One uncle was a Master Sergeant KIA in Britain during a blitz in 44. Another uncle was a lifer in the Navy, 1st class gunners mate. He made it through tours in WWII and Korea but was lost at sea in 54. Other family members were in Europe and the South Pacific in the Army, Marines and Air Force. They were the lucky ones who made it back and served as my role models. Truly the greatest generation. I have an immense pride and respect for all who served and those who gave their lives for this great country. I'm a lucky recipient of this lottery #5445. I never expected that I would get selected. Just received the call yesterday from the CMP. I can't wait until it shows up at my range. I have other 6 other commercial 1911s that I love to shoot but this 1911 will in my mind, connect me to my relatives that had a great influence on my life.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:35 AM
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For me at least it's about connecting with past generations. My father and his father both carried these. From ww1 to well past vietnam, that's a long service life and I want to hold that history in my hands. Nothing cooler than to take a 1911 to the range and think about the many others that fired it before you. As American as apple pie.

Thank you sir for sharing your connection to the 1911. That's a great story!
All the best!

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... this 1911 will in my mind, connect me to my relatives that had a great influence on my life.
Wow... thanks for sharing!

.... OMG!!! it's only 0847hrs??!! (he said grumpily pacing his living room, waiting for his ffl to open and call him...like a dork)

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Old 05-23-2019, 10:03 AM
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I echo the appreciation for your service.

My great uncle was a radio operator in the first wave on D-day. I don't know what weapon he carried, betting an M1 Garand. I've got one of those. Could have been an M1 Carbine. Got one of those too. I know neither is the one he carried, but having one connects me to him. Having a 1911a1 connects me in the same way to someone I don't know. Perhaps even someone who didn't come home. This Memorial Day or on Veterans Day, and every one hereafter, will have a special meaning for me when I look at my soon to arrive 1911. That's why I ordered one.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:04 AM
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Outstanding!
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