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The story of this beautiful Colt 1905 is over a hundred years in the making and while no one knows the story of the first half-century, the second half is pretty amazing.
A family heirloom lost for decades, only recently recovered during renovations to the family home. The Colt was found wrapped in newspaper and stashed amongst the rafters.
We don’t come across many Colt Model 1905’s these days and there has been fewer showing-up the last five years. To be expected with total production numbers under sixty-three-hundred.
We estimate there are fewer than fifteen-hundred remaining today so we’re happy whenever we have a chance to see one, let-alone bring one back from inconsequence.
When the piece first arrived, we found it shown a bit worse in the client’s photos than in actuality. Though the grips were rotting to the point of disintegration, the slide lock missing, bluing mostly gone with the usual bangs and dents, the metal was surprisingly devoid of pitting or rust, the nomenclature mostly intact and a bore in very good condition. A gem of a barn find.
As in all pin-off restorations, each component of this Colt has been meticulously restored by hand in a process which lasted just over four months.
We believe the efforts are proven in the results.
We love creating Fitz’s, out of anything we can get our hands on, Colt’s, Smiths, Beretta’s, even Webley’s.
These were the in-the-day gunfighter pieces, carried and used by some pretty intense guys. ~
Pin-off restoration refinished in rust blue with Cabochon accents, fitted with period elephant ivory.
For the record I would like to say that never in my life have I heard nor read of a single incident of accidental discharge involving a Fitz design. Nonetheless, I have read a lot of hyperbole on the potentially serious safety concerns of carrying a Fitz from the on-line firearm “academia”.
Some pretty serious guys.
For more than a dozen years I’ve carried Fitz’s of every design and can attest to this:
Simply put, these are all “answers” in search of a “problem”.
In my experience, locating LEGO bricks beneath bare feet in the middle of the night poses a much higher risk.
A beautiful rendition of the S.D. Myres Detective Wonder Holster, circa 1930.
Handcrafted by Karla Van Horne of Purdy Gear, Mrs. Van Horne does superb work which is well worth the wait.
Features a re-enforced frame which allows this leather half-shoulder holster to carry the piece high and muzzle up.
Handsome, functional, over-the-top cool.
(Smith shown is not a MOB GUN)
The quintessential revolver of classic film noir detectives. John Popp and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier present the Colt Detective Special on Curators Corner to honor November Film Noir month.
Part two of the Film Noir Series featuring this classic handgun. John Popp and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier present the 1903 Colt on a special edition of the Curators Corner. Designed to be the ultimate carry piece, this gun is very thin, has no protrusions, no hammer and a very simple safety lock.
Part three of the Film Noir Series featuring this classic handgun. On this weeks special edition of Curators Corner, John Popp joins National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier for another Phil Noir segment in honor of November Film Noir Month. Schreier offers an overview of this dark, classic movie genre and displays a rare civilian model of the 1911 Colt .45, which features heavily in such noir masterpieces as The Maltese Falcon.
The 4th edition of the Phil Noir Series featuring this famous gun. Extending November Film Noir month into December to honor more classic firearms at the National Firearms Museum, Phil Schreier and John Popp showcase the .455 Webley-Fosbery, a gun that made a notorious appearance in John Hustons 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. Schreier says that only 3,500 to 4,500 of these guns were made during the production period of 1901 to 1946, and he demonstrates the unique technology that allows this firearm to be an automatic revolver.
Part 5 of the Phil Noir Series featuring this classic firearm is viewable at www.nramuseum.org. As a continuation of November Film Noir Month, Phil Schreier, Senior Curator of the National Firearms Museum, joins John Popp to talk about the gun that made the 20s roar and the cartridge that started it all. The Thompson submachine gun, also known as the Tommy Gun or the Chicago Typewriter, was developed by Colonel John T. Thompson who helped design the .45 round in the early 20th Century. The round was an improvement on the .38 and was designed for the 1911. Thompson began producing the submachine guns, so-called because they fired pistol ammunition, in 1919, and the Tommy Gun was the first successful American design of these types of firearms. One of the most classic neo film noir scenes featuring this gun is in the Coen Brothers Millers Crossing starring Albert Finney.