Captured North Vietnamese Jungle-made .45
Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:36 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:42 AM
Could we see any markings on the M1911.? Did you say it was made in the Jungle? Richard
Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:51 AM
The frame is not a solid piece and is braised together.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:00 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:01 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:03 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:09 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:12 AM
Posted 13 February 2020 - 10:00 AM
Sorry about your friend Tom.
About the pistol, I find it very interesting and cool that you posted it on here. I have read about both handmade pistols and rifles coming out of Vietnam and the surrounding region but it is very rare to see one. One has to wonder how many of these weapons are out there as capture/bring backs? I would think that it would take some time to hand craft a pistol like this all by hand! Very interesting and thanks for sharing it here with us!
Posted 13 February 2020 - 11:06 AM
What an amazing relic. To me, a piece like this is what collecting is all about. I have a struck Tokarev (sadly, no provenance with it), but truthfully, I think this pistol is way cooler. My deepest sympathies on your friend's passing. I am so glad that you are here to cherish and care for this wonderful souvenir, a part of his legacy. I am also glad that you were able to get the story from him. It's so important that history like this is not lost. All my best to you, sir - Chris
PS - what is the metal object with fins in the first photo?
Edited by green hell, 13 February 2020 - 11:11 AM.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 12:11 PM
It's actually a flare tube. The action/firefight he was engaged in he likened to the ambush scene (of all movies - Forrest Gump). He saved the flare tube, took the weapon and holster (and belt which is lost to time) and received an "award" for the engagement. The award is NOT to be confused with a decoration. Apparently is was some sort of in-house award for combat action. The bayonet was his also and I was able to acquire it as well.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 12:45 PM
I second the above. Amazing what some people from 3rd World Countries and the like have and do make with few tools and scavenged materials Richard
Posted 13 February 2020 - 02:48 PM
Thanks for sharing. The family must of thought well of you to pass this on. Nice Pistol. I believe the Cao Dai made some pretty nice Jungle Shop weapons. It would be interesting to know if your friend ever fired this one.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 03:02 PM
I'll add my sympathy for your friend passing.
Considering that he carried it for the rest of his tour, it must be a well made gun for him to rely on it like that.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 03:49 PM
This would be a great item to post on our World Militaria Forum. We would like to build up content there and this would be a great item to add.
Posted 13 February 2020 - 05:15 PM
Posted Yesterday, 06:46 PM
First Bless his service.
Sorry for the loss of a friend.
The pistol reminds me of a video I seen about the gun markets in Pakistan. Amazing what skilled people can pull off with scrap steel and a file.
Posted Today, 03:10 AM
So sorry about your friend, and certainly an interesting spoil your buddy brought back from VN. Id have to wonder what it’s like to shoot as well.....
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