A Skipper's Custom Kimber


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OldTex
March 8, 2013, 12:56 PM
Wasn't sure where to put this but this is an auto loader....

My nephew just sent me some pictures of his new custom-built Kimber ordered when he was skipper of the USS Truxtun, a Burke-class missile destroyer. The words "Pursue, Attack, Vanquish" engraved on the gun's slide is the ship's motto, which was engraved on a gold medal given by Congress to Commodore Thomas Truxtun after his ship, the Constellation, beat the French ship Le'Vengenace in the Quasi-War against France. You can't see easily in these iphone pictures but the serial number on the gun is DDG103-01. All it took was the Naval Academy and about 15-20 years service to get this gun.

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psyopspec
March 8, 2013, 01:35 PM
That's a very nice commemorative piece. Good on him for what I'm sure is a distinguished career.

Spdracr39
March 8, 2013, 01:35 PM
Wow that's a beautiful piece. Congrats !!

Creature
March 8, 2013, 01:41 PM
Huh!...my first ship was the USS Truxtun CGN-35.

OldTex
March 8, 2013, 02:09 PM
What a small world, Creature. I see your Truxtun was a nuclear-powered missile cruiser decommissioned in '95. It says on its history that it fired the last missile at a North Vietnamese target.

Creature
March 8, 2013, 04:37 PM
I remember that there were eleven Mig silhouettes painted on the door leading in to CIC...and in tracker alley there was a mural "In God we trust, all others we track." that was painted back in the 70's.

1 old 0311-1
March 8, 2013, 05:46 PM
A lot of 'bling' but done very well.

Zardaia
March 8, 2013, 05:51 PM
I see it holstered in one pic, does he actually carry it? I know guns are for use but something like that seems better suited to commemorative display and family heirloom status.

OldTex
March 8, 2013, 09:57 PM
I can see it being case-mounted at some point, but right now it's brand new and he's been wanting a Kimber for a long time. First command, first Kimber - I'm thinking he's pretty proud of it right now.

X-Rap
March 8, 2013, 10:39 PM
Can I ask who did the work? My son and the rest of his squadron would like to get one along those lines for their Major who is moving on.

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