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    Intro

    Hi everybody! My name is Tom Hathaway and I've just discovered this site. I'm a retired engineer, both from the US Army (5 years Active and 25 years Reserve) as well as Ford Motor Company. I also spent about 8 years as a consulting engineer at Tank Automotive Command helping to develop combat vehicles. I have the M1911 (SN 13822) that belonged to my dad. He was also in the Army and shot competitively and also coached pistol when he had an ROTC tour. At some point he had the pistol modified to National Match for competition. It still is and excellent gun considering how old it is!

    Tom

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    Glad to have you join us. Sounds like you have a real treasure, belonging to your dad and all. Enjoy shooting!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Colt military 1911 pistol No 13822 shipped 15 Nov 1912 to the Commanding Officer, Augusta Arsenal, Augusta GA in a shipment of 500 pistols.

    Do you have photos to post?

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    I'll be happy to take some. What's the best way to post? I used to use Photobucket to post photos of the scale models I build on another site, but they now require a $400 annual membership for "third party sharing". That's not happening. How does posting on this site work?

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    Use the Go Advanced button at the bottom of the thread page.

    Then use the Manage Attachments button at the bottom of the Go Advanced page to select the photos you want posted.

    This method attaches the photos to your post directly avoiding any issues with a hosting service like Photobucket. I usually create a special folder on my desktop and copy the photos to there making them easier to find.

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    Hi Tom and welcome to our forum from Northern Italy.

    Collectible "plain-jane M1911s GI", full size "SIG Sauers" and "CZ" sport pistols have always been among my favourite guns.
    For the range I have mainly owned high end 1911s, CZs, and SIG Sauers, the latter are great pistols especially older German-proofed ones, the P226s are probably among the most reliable pistols that I have owned.
    I collected for years until I realized that an ever-taller pile of unneeded guns made my life no happier, so I decided to take a hiatus from it, I thinned my collection and decided to enjoy more what I had. So, I'm going to keep only my small collection of M1911s, while I'll reserve mainly the "P226s" and the "Shadow 2" for the range.
    After about 39 years of guns-ownership and reloading my own ammunition, I still love shooting at the range every week.

    JMO this is one of the best gun forums among the several I belong to, to me it's quite a learning experience, I hope you'll enjoy your time here.

    Safe shooting.
    Sergio
    Before you start collecting 1911s .... buy books! Don't collect something that you'll be forever making excuses for, be careful not to get drawn to a piece that is not original, and buy the gun not the story.
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    Pictures of my dad's converted National Match Pistol

    Here are a couple of photos of the pistol that my dad had converted to National Match and used while he was in the Army. The serial number is 13822. I'm not sure that the slide is the one that came with the original pistol as I have another unmodified slide in the box.
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    I'm not sure that the slide is the one that came with the original pistol as I have another unmodified slide in the box.
    That slide, with the "horsie" in the middle of the roll marks, is from 1918-1924. There are several other later parts as is common on built up target pistols.

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    Yeah, I was certain that was the case. I found a brochure in the box which advertises the Pachmayr "accuracy" job and it may be that was where my dad sent it. I called them in the hopes that perhaps they had maintained some ancient 50's-60's records to trace that, but no joy.

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    My Pachmayr is marked on the disconnector rail. Look at it with the slide off the gun.

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