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After WW II and a distinguished combat career spanning both World Wars, the Government was going to scrap the USS TEXAS BB 35, so the school children of Texas, including my sister and I, donated enough money to buy her and bring her to Texas.

Now back up a few years.

On August 13, 1913, Colt's shipped 100 Model Of 1911 U.S.NAVY .45's to the Norfolk Navy yard for equipping the USS TEXAS, then under construction. They were serial numbered 43901-44000.

These two Navys' were two of those Colts. Serial numbers 43909 and 43932. They are the ony two examples known to exist from the original shipment. I bought the frame from a gent in New Orleans of 43909 and rebuilt to a correct pistol and refinished it. 43932 is all original, so enjoy!!!


 
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Thanks for sharing, John. I enjoy your quality photos.

Just out of curiosity, did you come on both pistols at the same time? To own both of those beauties is hard to believe!

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Thanks for sharing, John. I enjoy your quality photos.

Just out of curiosity, did you come on both pistols at the same time? To own both of those beauties is hard to believe!

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I bought the complete frame of 43909 from a gent in New Orleans about 12 years ago and built it up to original configuration. I bought 43932 on Auction Arms about 5 years ago...
 
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