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lkgmadmax

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    Boating, fishing, collecting of old WWI & WWII firearms
  1. Yes most of the OSS pistols I've seen have been parkerized. If you want to send me the full serial number and a p.m. I'll be glad to look it up in my books for you I've got books that cover serial numbers in the generals they were assigned to just in case it's a general officer's pistol. If the serial number is listed in the book with no name beside it that means it wasn't assigned to a general and there's a good chance that it was sent to the OSS, a historical letter from Colt would probably clue you in on that piece of it if it were shipped to the OSS. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapata
  2. The recent letter I received from the Savage Historical Department on Trial Pistol #78. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks! That's true regarding Colt. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. Yes 2015, I wasn't familiar with Steve until I encountered this piece I did some searches and I found reference to his passing. He was referred to as the wizard. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. Thank you! Wow that would have been very hard for me to have done. I saw an original trial pistol untouched unmolested about a year ago with holster the guy was asking 30k for it. Guessing it was one of the ones that disappeared in the shipment is it had all complete roll marks and appeared to be the original finish. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. Well, I agree with you the design was beautiful basically a pistol with no screws with exception of the one at the bottom which is attached to a retractable lanyard Loop that folds up in the magazine well. Recoil I believe was noted as a concern as well as few part breakages in the field during the testing, I've read that over 6,000 rounds were fired. I also read that colt provided the ammunition in the trials :-) a lot of good information at the following Link at the NRA Museum. http://www.nramuseum.com/guns/the-galleries/world-war-i-and-firearms-innovation/case-36-great-inventors/savage-mo
  7. Savage Military Model 1907 pistol manufactured in 1908. Savage made a total of 288 caliber .45 pistols for competitive tests and troop trials conducted between 1907 and 1911. This pistol, serial number 78, is listed in "U.S. MILITARY AUTOMATIC PISTOLS" by Edward S. Meadows as being issued to Troop I, 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Wingate, New Mexico. The troop trials and competitive tests conducted by the Ordnance Department tests ultimately resulted in the selection of the Colt .45 Automatic as the Army service pistol. Savage re-conditioned and refinished the trials pistols; most of the recondi
  8. Thank you! It's documented in Bailey Brower's book "Savage Pistols" that after 1917 the remaining returned pistols were purchased by Tryon in PA, the address lines were moved from the slided, that's part of the history of the pistols. If you look at the bottom of the breech block assembly you'll see S for Savage stamped into the component. This pistol was number 78. I've contacted the Savage historical department they're currently putting a letter together for me on it. Bailey Brower book addresses the different iterations they went through regarding roll mark modifications and eventually
  9. Thought you guys might enjoy seeing my latest acquisition, one of 288 produced for the early trials 1907-1911 for the first US Government semi-automatic military pistol. After Colt was selected to contract with the government most of these were bought back by Savage several were refinished by Savage and sold to the civilian population the remaining pistols were sold to Tryon in Philadelphia and where refinished and sold. This one had it's last finish done by the gentleman by the name of Steve Moeller who passed away in 2015, Tuesday after doing research on Steve Moeller and his works it s
  10. Thanks guys! Sent from my Lenovo YT3-X50F using Tapatalk
  11. Can anyone suggest what value can be placed on one in similar condition? Sent from my Lenovo YT3-X50F using Tapatalk
  12. Fiziwatre, thanks. I would try ancestry.com. If you haven't been there, you may be able to create the family tree, and access military records.
  13. Collector great catch, he must have been using a 30-06 1903 or Model of 1917.
  14. Chuck I've been told that these presentation carbines were put together from a mix of parts that may have been either rejected or set aside for some reason during the assembly process. If you'll notice it's got a late serial numbered receiver that has the earlier M1 carbine sights on it, the bolt assembly is nickel plated but if you look closely you can see an X stamped on the bolt which I've also read as an indicator that the bolt assembly could have possibly been pulled off the assembly line and tested.
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