Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy 1-9-11

Old and new: Bills USGI Ithaca on the bottom and my Les Baer Service Pistol on the top. His shoots Minute-of-Nazi, mine is a bullseye match pistol that shoots 3 inches at 50 yards. Tape on my trigger guard from Camp Perry.

Bill Brittain's Government issued 1911 he got in England during WWII. He was a ball-turrent gunner on a B17 in the 8th Air Force. He was shot down over France with this pistol and hidden by the French until the Allied Forces liberated his town. Still has the original issued ammo since he never fired it after qualification. Shown with a PAL RH-36, Cattaraugus 225Q and a theatre-made knife with handle of Japanese aircraft plexiglass. All WWII knives.


Borepatch said...

That's a cool pistol, and a cool story.

teke175 said...

Nice story of the history and versatilityof this great platform.

Old NFO said...

Nice! Great pics and one hellva story!

wrm said...

That's just the 'merkin way of writing the date. I'm waiting for September :-)

Nice guns. I feel exactly like Phlemmy about mine.