Tamara found a "Corvette parked in a barn" and a rare and exotic one at that; me, I maybe found an MGB with a "For Sale" sign in someone's from yard.
I was doin' the noseprints-on-glass thing, lookin' at Colt revolvers, Star semi-autos and wild and crazy air pistols with no intention of buying, lookin' for Webley and Enfield revolvers (455: Revolver Not Found) -- oh, yes, at 1911s generally, just 'cos. (You know who designed that gun [PBUH]?)
Suddenly a 1911A1-ish example caught my eye -- was that a....
It was. Took a closer look. Wasn't all hacked up, just some Hogue "G00dyear" grips. Had it out of the case. Asked the man what he wanted, 4 was it? Thought. Offered three. He came back with $350, American. Sold!Of course, I had to take it apart as soon as I got home. It was in this state when my brother called and it had to sit awhile.
Recognize it? There's a clue near the center of the photo.
Here's a closer look. Should be pretty obvious by now.
...And now a side rant: when I detail-stripped this gun, there was A) Rust under the aftermarket grips. Rust. Geesh. B) Worse, I cleaned caked grease off
Y'know, guns work dirty; service sidearms are expected to run just fine filthy. But there is a point where the grunge, muck and yeech makes them stop and why in the name of all that is right and proper woulja ever wanna start out with a sticky-grimy gun? I don't get it. I just don't get it.
So, if you're still wondering, the denouement (with rosewood grips loaned by Tam) follows, after reassembly and in close-up...
.....Drumroll, please! Yep, a Sistema Colt. Made in the late '40s. All the numbers match. And not a bad price. The nice Sistemas were long gone years before I realized I wanted one, so I was especially happy to stumble on this one. Aside from neglect -- and a really low ;) serial number -- it does not appear to have been abused. A trip to the range will be required!
1. 'Cos Tam has S&Ws, see? And she's quicker'n me, too.
2. I really, really ought to pick up a Firestar in .40 just for completeness. The 9 and .45 are nice, though very heavy. On the other hand -- what would I do with it?
3. For the sharp-eyed: I had the detent pins & spring assembly out, cleaned it and its housing, and put it right back in. They like to run away and hide otherwise. UPDATE: Removed, cleaned and reinstalled the magazine latch, too and for the same reason.
4. People make fun of Microsoft Paint but it is not so bad as all that.