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Vince Foster's 1913 Colt

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Confederate, Dec 30, 2006.

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  1. Confederate

    Confederate Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Arlington, VA
    I'm currently reading The Strange Death of Vincent Foster by Christopher Ruddy. In it, he talks about the revolver the Park Police found with Foster's body in Fort Marcy. The gun itself was an "old Colt revolver made from the pieces of at least two guns." The gun had two serial numbers dating back to 1913. Ruddy went to Larry Wilson, who's the foremost authority on old Colt revolvers. "From my description Wilson told me it sounded like 'a drop gun,' an old, untracable gun left at a crime scene to confuse investigators."

    Although the gun had a very light coating of oil, there were no fingerprints on the gun, nor were fingerprints on the casings of either of the two rounds in the cylinder, one, of course, which had been fired. Also, despite the notion that he had committed suicide, no blood or brain matter was found on the revolver. The ammo in the drop gun...er...I mean the suicide gun also didn't match any of the ammo Foster had at home. There was also a dearth of blood found at the scene, quite unlikely for a head shot.

    Anyway, is it common for guns, expecially revolvers, to be made from multiple parts from other guns? If so, how well can the parts be made to fit together without everything being out of tolerance and rattling? I know that Lugers can be made from multiple parts, but that's a far cry from fitting hammers, triggers, side plates, and so forth? In short, except for criminal use, would many gun afficianados normally carry such guns for protection (or even for fun shooting)?

    Anyway, this is a most interesting book.


    No fingerprints were found on the gun or the casings, despite the gun
    being found in his hand. Funny, most suicides drop the gun. His pager
    information also got accidentally erased. Ooopsie!
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