So the other day I'm at a shop and I here this guy ask the clerk if he buys guns, the clerk asks what he has and the gentleman responds with "Two old .22 rifles and a .45 Auto."
Well I don't know about any of you guys but when I hear .45 Auto, I look to see what's going on.
The clerk tells the guy to go ahead and bring them in. The gentleman has to be in his mid eighties and my heart skips a beat when he walks in with an old WWI flap holster, I ask the man if I can see the
.45 and he hands me the holster.
What he was calling a .45 Auto, turned out to be an Ithaca 1911A1 with U.S. Markings. I immediately asked him if this was his during the war, he then told me a story about being shot down over Germany with this on his hip, he was the navigator of a B17 and was eventually "captured" by the Russians(yes I said Russians).
He didn't go into too many details and I didn't pry too much other than asking if he had any family that may be interested in the 1911. He said no, and that he had no need for it anymore and asked if I knew anything about the gun. I told him that I knew a little and that the WWII guns were bringing in a good price these days. He asked if I thought if he could get $600 for it, I proudly showed him the Remington Rand up for sale in the case for $1900 and advised him not to take anything under $1000.
By now the clerk is giving me the evil eye and tells the man that the Ithaca is correct and that he can give him $750 for it, but he could sell it for around $1000.00 of course he offers to take it on consignment, but the man turned him down and waited outside. After a few moments I purchased my ammo and headed outside, the man was still there and we chatted for a few moments, he told me that he had someone coming to look at the gun on Wednesday, but if I wanted it he would take $1000 for it. Well I couldn't pass on it, I ran off to the bank and we headed back into the store. And now after all my rambling, here are the pics.
I greatly thanked him for his service as his kind are of a dying breed, he told his story like he was just out to Germany to pick up milk and eggs.
The insides were a little gummy, probably some oil and dirt from before I was born, but everything was in perfect order, I've seen used guns of recent manufacture in worse shape, the checkering of the plastic grips is still nice and sharp, the bore is still good, no pitting or crud build up of anysorts.
This gun represents a very important time in our history and I am glad to be the owner of it.