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  1. Thanks knd643 for posting the photos; they show up when I use edit function but not in post; at 67 I'm not a computer whiz. Seems I've used up my quota linit for posting directly to forum or is there a way around that?
  2. Here for your viewing pleasure is Winchester-Lee Model 1895 6mm Navy Rifle serial number 18003 with bayonet and scabbard. It was part of the second US Navy contract (serial numbers 15001-20000) inspected by Lt John N. Jordan (J.N.J as stamped on breech in photo 7) which were delivered from 1 August through 6 December 1898. Per the Winchester Repeating Fire Arms letter the serial number was applied to the on July 22, 1898; Caliber: N; received in warehouse on August 12, 1898 and shipped from warehouse on August 20, 1898; Order number 2689. It just missed the Spanish-American War but may have served during the Relief of the Foreign Legations in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 or during the Philippine Insurrection 1899-1902. I'll have to see if I can track down the USN or USMC ship/unit which eventually received this rifle.
  3. After several calls/Facebook message no replies so can't get any updated info. Academic now anyway since I just got a nice original WInchester-Lee 6mm 1895 Nay rifle; will post photos when it arrives.
  4. Any new word on this project or did it fall by the wayside?
  5. Looks like it to me. Molded hard rubber grips were standard for this model with wood and checkered wood grips in second place.
  6. Here are photos of my Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer Automatic pistol No. 36253. It was 1 of 100 shipped to the London Armoury Company on April 13, 1915. Shown are the London commercial proofs on barrel and frame and the "J.J" marking on frame above trigger. According to Joe Poyer's Model 1911 book, the initials "JJ" are often found on the left front trigger guard of early, privately purchased commercial and some military W-prefixed pistols sold through Colt's London Agency and later, the London Armoury Company. The JJ may be the initials of James Joseph Goodbody, the then managing director of Colt's London Agency, or the initials of an inspector at Enfield Lock. This pistol was probably a British Officer's private purchase pistol and looks like it saw action in WWI (judging by its well-used condition). I've shot the pistol on several occasions and it performed flawlessly.
  7. Very nice original Colt 1905 Military Model manual. I have a reproduction of this manual for my Colt Military Model 1905 .45 ACP pistol serial number 5090 (made 1910) which was shipped to Praeger Hardware Co. San Antonio TX on March 27, 1911 and sold to H. N. Moore Co which is listed in the 1910 and 1912 San Antonio City Directory as a Sporting Goods Store on 326 West Commerce Street. Also shown are several rounds of Winchester .45 Automatic Colt 200-grain bullets originally made for this pistol.
  8. Thanks for all who replied; I'll check the internet records. As far as I can remember pistol/holster came from reliable source.
  9. Do any forum members have any hints about tracking down Major Michael's service record by what I assume is his service number 01039471 (on-line web sites, archives etc)?
  10. I got an email yesterday from Jeff at Norton Arms saying they are waiting on the pressure tests for their Winchester-Lee 1895 Navy rifle so maybe we'll have an availability date soon .
  11. Did Norton Arms give up on this project since I see no info about it on their new revised web site?
  12. Here for your enjoyment are a few photos of my Government Model 1911 made in 1921. It came with a 1944-dated Boyt Holster inscribed with the owner's name/rank and serial number (assume it's US Army): Lt/Maj H. Michaels 01039471. It's shown with reproduction box and vintage box of Wincheter 230-grain .45 ACP ammo adapted to the Government Model. Per Colt Archive letter this pistol was 1 of 10 shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales NY. NY on February 16, 1921. Are there any on-line resources to trace the service number or WWII officers?
  13. Bore is in pristine condition; looks like it didn't see much hard use. I'd be interested in opinions re where and when 1st LT Wilkins acquired the pistol since it was originally shipped to London in late 1914.
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