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M1911A1 - Clear grip with female's photo

Started by Salvage Sailor , Dec 24 2008 04:25 PM

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#1 Salvage Sailor

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 04:25 PM

Another great detailed photo by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine war photographer

from google source:life photo archives

Closeup of pistol handle w. photo of girlfriend of Lt. John Ernser, 26, leader of the US infantry engaged in attacks of German fortification positions at the Italian front.
Location: Loiano, Italy
Date taken: April 1945
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Size: 919 x 1280 pixels (12.8 x 17.8 inches)

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Edited by Salvage Sailor, 24 December 2008 - 04:27 PM.

#2 Johan Willaert

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:18 AM

Two board members have similar grips on their collection. They are shown here


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Posted 25 December 2008 - 02:05 PM

i was at an estate sale 7 years ago the had a 45 with clear grips and photos under them. The fellow was a WWII vet and the family stated that they were made from perspect/airplane canopy.


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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:16 PM

Yes, they are made with aircraft windscreen plastic. I have a set that belonged to an Army Msgt. that lists his duty stations, units, and personal info. I also know of a Walther PPK with a photo of a German officer and his wife under clear grips, and a Nambu with naked geisha girls pics under clear grips. I picked my set up of a guy at a local flea market. He had these and an issue set.. He wanted way more for the issue grips than they are worth, and I got the clear ones for $10.. After I paid him, he asked me if I wanted the inserts with the info on them or if I wanted him to pitch those and I could make my own. Needless to say, I took it all..LOL Especially considering I had been in the same unit as the Msgt. at 1 point of my career, and served at 2 of his stations myself. Love those custom type grips. Mine are on the 1911A1 I use reenacting.


#5 brad k

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:51 PM

here is mine, I had to look close it looks almost like the same picture, I got the pistol (remington rand) with a boyt '42 holster and a serial numbered p38 mag at a flea market in 1987 for $300.


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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:47 AM

To me it's not a good idea to have plexiglass grips with wet hands. I'd prefer checkered wood grips and girlfriend's pic in my wallet.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:49 AM

Ditto that, still very interesting to look at, never seen a photo of them in use like that before

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