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A Ben Jones Colt 1911. This 38 super marvel was crafted by master pistolsmith Ben Jones out of Ruskin FL. Jones was a highly decorated Korean War Army Ranger, who also served with the French Foreign Legion in Vietnam in the early 1950’s. In addition to being a professional soldier and a consummate patriot, he was an incredible gunsmith/machinist, and in 1981 he founded Gun Craft, Inc.

Gun Craft was a professional outdoor shooting range but they also offered custom gunsmithing, which included everything from sporting rifles to competition shooting pistols like this one. He operated and promoted their organization worldwide through national events and competitions. Jones holds dozens of firearm patents that are still employed by the firearm industry today. Ben’s passion was designing and creating custom firearms and firearm accessories for competition shooters, as well as big game hunters. He himself was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who traveled the world to hunt exotic game. The first time I saw one of his pistols was in Layne Simpson‘s book. I remember that day like it was yesterday because my blood ran cold and I vowed then and there that I would find one. That proved to be no easy task. I combed the world over to no avail. They just don’t come up for sale very frequently. This example found its way to me through a close friend this week and I will cherish it for all of my days on this earth. Ben was a master machinist and welder who (not unlike Boland) had inventive streak. His pivoting 1911 trigger was easier to install than others on the market but gave the same improved mechanical advantage to produce a safe, 2# pull.  When 38 supers were hard to find he would weld breech block spacers in place to convert more common 45 ACP guns. The gun is tight as a drum, the slide feels like it’s rolling on ball bearings, the trigger is exacting, and it has that one in tangible that can never be reproduced….soul. It’s just soaked in soul.”

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