Thanks for the invite and a chance to rub elbows with other Colt devotees....or is that addicts? Bought my first Colt, a 1911A1 Commander back in the mid 70's after joining the navy and ending up assigned as a Corpsman to Marines. Retired just before the Millennium. In 22 years served with every component of the Marine Corps except the guys in the rear with the gear! DOH!!
Recently inherited some unique colts from my FIL. A 1911"C", Civilian model, .45 mfg'd in 1915 and the cherry on top is a honest to goodness first gen 1873 Colt Single Action Cavalry revolver, mfg'd in 1874 and recently Kopec authenticated. It's been in our family for about 100 years and acquired by my DW's grandfather in the Oklahoma Indian Territory's from a U.S. Deputy Marshall. It's been passed down through my wife's family from FIL to SIL since then.
The interesting thing for you Peacemaker collectors out there.....all the serial numbers match! It was never re-arsenaled, and has "field" alterations that fit in with the strong possible history of being a battlefield take-away or liberated pistol. It is only four serial numbers away from a pistol back strap that was found on the Custer Battlefield in 1978.
There is no way to actually prove if this Colt was at the battle of the Little Big Horn. Not unless someone finds the old Army documents that shows who this weapon was a actually originally issued to. It definitely did serve on the frontier in the Indian Wars. If only this pistol could talk....what stories it might tell.
So now the addiction begins......