Pistols Hot or Not-Show Us Yer Kit (real or for those in England, imagined)

Whats the story? Are they CMP imports, or a US military surplus disposal?
I posted that question about the backstory but have not seen a reply. However, it appears as though BetwixtandBetwe is onto it.

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The price they're asking is far more than reasonable.
I found my DCM/NRA invoice from 1961, I paid $17 for mine.

The document described it as "unserviceable" so I was really nervous as I cleaned off the cosmoline. I needn't have been. It looked unfired and when I saw the serial number X-2nnn I realized it was an arsenal rebuild and one f about 3000. I still have not put a round through it.

A Colt fanatic at a gun show about ten years ago offered me $1000 cash on the spot. No thanks.
 
I posted that question about the backstory but have not seen a reply. However, it appears as though BetwixtandBetwe is onto it.

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I found my DCM/NRA invoice from 1961, I paid $17 for mine.

The document described it as "unserviceable" so I was really nervous as I cleaned off the cosmoline. I needn't have been. It looked unfired and when I saw the serial number X-2nnn I realized it was an arsenal rebuild and one f about 3000. I still have not put a round through it.

A Colt fanatic at a gun show about ten years ago offered me $1000 cash on the spot. No thanks.
Here is some of the backstory:
House Passes Bill Authorizing CMP Sale of Army Surplus 1911 Pistols
 
Below is my carry pistol of more than a dozen years. It's a Ruger P345D in .45ACP cal. I really like this pistol, it's comfortable in my hand, the recoil is really light for a .45ACP and I always hit where I aim. I shoot this about 3 times a week to keep my hand in.

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Below is my carry pistol of more than a dozen years. It's a Ruger P345D in .45ACP cal. I really like this pistol, it's comfortable in my hand, the recoil is really light for a .45ACP and I always hit where I aim. I shoot this about 3 times a week to keep my hand in.

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Rugers have always been a good value.
 
Rugers have always been a good value.
I agree, I've had a fair few carry pistols over the years but have always gone back to this. I wasn't too impressed with the earlier P model pistols, to me they seemed too bulky. I carry this pistol when out in the woods loaded with ball ammunition, lots and lots of bears around our way.
 
THIS is embarrassing! This pistol had been "mislaid" for several years. But yesterday I noticed a cardboard box covering the bottom compartment of a disused entertainment centre in the basement and wondered what was inside.

Two cardboard boxes. One contained this gem:

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Property of a neighbour's ex-husband. She gladly accepted $50 for it with the original box bearing an Ordnance Corps stamp.

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The other contained an unfired S&W M29 4-inch in a fitted box from the early 1970s which I bought from a local police officer whose wife went through the roof when he told her he'd bought a new handgun.

Now both put in "bed" in the safe.
 
Going by the markings, the Hi-Standard is one of 44,000 produced from 1943-46.
The original owner - after the US Govt - was an Army Air Corps colonel and for a time a guest of the Germans. I also bought an M1911A1 from his ex-. It also came to me for $50.

I wondered from time to time if they were "hot," but even in my working days I made it a point not to run the serial numbers at work in case one or both returned a hit . . . which would be difficult to explain.
 
THIS is embarrassing! This pistol had been "mislaid" for several years. But yesterday I noticed a cardboard box covering the bottom compartment of a disused entertainment centre in the basement and wondered what was inside.

Two cardboard boxes. One contained this gem:

View attachment 357945
Property of a neighbour's ex-husband. She gladly accepted $50 for it with the original box bearing an Ordnance Corps stamp.

View attachment 357947


The other contained an unfired S&W M29 4-inch in a fitted box from the early 1970s which I bought from a local police officer whose wife went through the roof when he told her he'd bought a new handgun.

Now both put in "bed" in the safe.
How reassuring you must find it, to learn that your home is lavishly equipped with firearms whose existence you have overlooked for decades

Can I buy your wife, please?

There ain't no chuffing chance my current missus could overlook so many such playthings, scattered randomly and forgot about the homestead :)
 
The original owner - after the US Govt - was an Army Air Corps colonel and for a time a guest of the Germans. I also bought an M1911A1 from his ex-. It also came to me for $50.

I wondered from time to time if they were "hot," but even in my working days I made it a point not to run the serial numbers at work in case one or both returned a hit . . . which would be difficult to explain.
They were all sold off many years ago, with serving military getting first dibs.
I think many of the rest went through the CMP (who seem to have lost the plot with the price being asked for the recently repatriated 1911's...).
 
Can I buy your wife, please?
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You're quite out of luck, mate. I'm a bachelor and that accounts for my collection of playthings.

They were all sold off many years ago, with serving military getting first dibs.
I think many of the rest went through the CMP (who seem to have lost the plot with the price being asked for the recently repatriated 1911's...).
I can remember in the day when Shotgun News carried adverts with photos showing what the sodding government had done to countless S&W . . . with a trip hammer. Crushed them and what was left was being flogged as "paperweights.'

Los Angeles Police have the right idea. Weapons to be disposed of are audited then transported with a SWAT escort to a metal plant where they are dumped into the pot or blast furnace. They totally lose their identity which is a far better end, and repurposed as guardrails or signposts.
 
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THIS is embarrassing! This pistol had been "mislaid" for several years. But yesterday I noticed a cardboard box covering the bottom compartment of a disused entertainment centre in the basement and wondered what was inside.

Two cardboard boxes. One contained this gem:

View attachment 357945
Property of a neighbour's ex-husband. She gladly accepted $50 for it with the original box bearing an Ordnance Corps stamp.

View attachment 357947


The other contained an unfired S&W M29 4-inch in a fitted box from the early 1970s which I bought from a local police officer whose wife went through the roof when he told her he'd bought a new handgun.

Now both put in "bed" in the safe.
I'm the same with parts kits hidden from the then wife.

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I'm the same with parts kits hidden from the then wife.

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This is why I am a dealer. "Its stock love" My mates often "borrow" guns and forget to return them, thats what I'm supposed to say to their wives!
 

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