A long time ago, in a land not so far away (it was, like, Hartford, Conn.), a company that made the very first 1911 pistols made a trainer version of the 1911A1 that shot .22LR. Yes, little tiny .22 from a great big gun. It was called the Colt Ace. They cost like the very dickens, if you can find them at all. Four digits, easy.
Not quite so long ago, but very much farther away in a magical land called Argentina (where the Ballester-Molinas once thundered across the pampas), the nice people from Colt were asked to set up a 1911A1 factory, where "Sistema Colts" were made, almost exactly like the ones made in Hartford except for having cross-hatching on the trigger and mainspring housing. They are very nice; they do not make them any more. I have one.
...And at the gun show today, I learned the little factory in the magical land also made their very own version of the .22 Ace, complete with crosshatching and the Sistema markings. I want it. I want it very, very much.
[Counts money in purse] Will any of you cash a check for $700, American? Because the nice man is from a far distant corner of the state, so he won't take a check -- and he left his credit card machine back in his store.
Arrrrgh! I'll have to skip a whole lot of lunches to pay for it, but storytime or not, I do so want that Argentine Ace!
--Great gun show, by the way. 99.99% guns and knives -- no beef jerky or plush-toy animals. I did buy an inexpensive 9-shooter .22 revolver, which I need (as opposed to simply want) to help work on fundamentals. If you can shoot accurately with a double-action revolver, you should be able to shoot accurately with anything.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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