A pair of 1940 Colt Government Models..

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by John Holbrook, Dec 2, 2006.

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  1. John Holbrook

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    C199065 was my fathers Colt and does NOT have the Swartz Safety installed, however, C199306 DOES have the Swartz Safety hardware installed!

    Interesting!!!

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  2. Lone Star

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    Mr. Holbrook-

    I'm duly impressed. Your Colts always amaze me. Very nice collection.

    Lone Star
     
  3. sm

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    John Holbrook,

    I share the same sentiments as Lone Star-

    Thank You for sharing!

    Steve
     
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    Very nice!
     
  5. a454me

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    Very nice Colts , Did your fathers gun have the sights changed at some time ?
     
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    I work in San Pat County (Portland, TX) San Pat County Courthouse is in Sinton, Texas.

    Beautiful Handguns. Congrats.
     
  7. John Holbrook

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    We lived in Sinton, and when my father died in June 1946, my mother served out his term in office. So, my mother and father both have been Texas sheriffs. I have both their badges... BTW, my mother lived in Portland for many years and I still have an aunt and uncle in Portland.

    I left Texas in 1950 to join the Navy, however I returned in 1974 to live in Austin and also in Ft. Worth for many years. I retired from American Airlines in 1996 and moved to Bellingham....

    Also, the slide on my fathers Colt is a replacement. The original slide was cracked, so I fitted a later slide and had Bill Adair engrave and refinish the Colt.
     
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    Very nice, your collection continues to amaze! <Cleans drool out of keyboard>

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  9. kokapelli

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    Nice Pair.
     
  10. saltydog452

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    Mr. Holbrook,

    Nice family mementos that you have there. I'm sure htat you are proud of them and what they represent to you. Thanks for sharing.

    But, I gotta ask..what is the Schwartz safety?...I've seen mention of it several times and used the 'search' feature, but I'm still unsure as to what it is.

    Apparently Colt thought highly of it at least for a couple of years.

    Thanks,

    salty.
     
  11. Walkalong

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    Beautiful Pistols!
     
  12. John Holbrook

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    The Swartz Safety was a firing pin block that was actuated by the grip safety. It was simple and effective. Colt dropped it when the war came.

    When they started Series 80 production they came up with a mickey mouse FP block actuated by the trigger instead of using the Swartz design, go figure!!!

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  13. saltydog452

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    Got it..Thank you.

    Since I seem to be asking questons and taking up your time, May I ask about the book that you used to answer the Schwartz question? Title, publisher, etc.?

    Thanx again,

    salty.
     
  14. John Holbrook

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    Here it is....

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  15. The Real Hawkeye

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    Beautiful guns. You're very lucky. They remind me of my old Government Model, but the one on top you have there is really nice. 1120584-OldGovernmentModel.jpg
     
  16. dogsoldier0513

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    Beautiful pistols, indeed! Is it me, or is the front sight on your dad's pistol MUCH larger than 'normal'? FWIW, Colt's Series 80 safety seems to work MUCH better than the Swartz firing pin safety on Kimber's Series II autos.
     
  17. saltydog452

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    Got it. Thank you John.

    salty.
     
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