I was mulling the gun room this morning and got to thinking about a few of the firearms therein that are particularly special to me for various reasons. These are four of them.
Patrick Sweeney talked me into buying it back when he was just a gunsmith in one of Detroit's suburbs. I wanted to build my own on an Essex frame, just like a magazine article said I could. Pat, being wiser, showed me several failed DIY guns in his shop and pushed me in the direction of this new 1911A1 for just over $300. It was a lot of money back then, especially to me, but I've been grateful ever since. I love this pistol.
I shot this gun for fun and in competition for many years, including the President's 100 600-yard match at Camp Perry in the 2001 National Matches. I haven't done much with it in years. I need to change that.
These four are cherished parts of my collection, practically members of the family. Each is special to me and I'll never part with any of them. How about you? What do you have that you have a bond with that goes beyond mere dollars and cents?