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Clyde Barrow’s M1911

2012 Auction description:

Clyde Barrow’s Colt Model 1911 Government Model Semi-auto pistol, removed from his waistband after the ambush by Texas and Louisiana lawmen on May 23, 1934. This is a standard US Army pistol of World War I vintage, #164070, cal. .45 ACP, and according to the included Colt factory letter was delivered to Springfield Armory on June 28, 1917. The frame marked with inspector Gilbert H. Stewart’s circular stamp and the forward left side of the frame has light scratches where the “U.S. Property” marking was removed. The barrel has a good bore and is inscribed with an intertwined “HP” proofmark. The metal is not pitted and has an attractive gray/brown patina with a good deal of original bright factory blue on the left side of the frame and on the small parts. All of the factory markings are in excellent condition and the ‘double diamond’ walnut grips show moderate wear.

With the Colt is a notarized letter from former Special Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Jr., dated December 18, 1973 in which he states that this pistol, #164070, was removed from the “waistband of Clyde Barrow’s trousers the morning that he and Bonnie Parker were killed by my father in Louisiana.” He goes on to say “This pistol is also described and pictured in my father’s book I’m Frank Hamer.” He also states that “this pistol was believed to have been stolen from the federal arsenal in Beaumont, Texas,” and that the federal government gave this Colt to his father.

‘Seldom did anyone ever live when Clyde got the first shot,’ warned a newsreel of the day. But on this day, Clyde didn’t have the chance to reach for his gun, let alone shoot it. If he did, this would have been the gun that he grabbed: tucked into his waistband for easy access, this 1911 Colt .45 was inches away from the trigger-finger that killed at least a half dozen men during the two-year spree that led to his final day. Of all the guns found in their death car, this is the most closely related to Clyde Barrow and accordingly, the most fascinating and valuable.

It sold in 2012, to an unnamed bidder for 240K.

Review: Wheeler Engineering Armorer’s Handgun Sight Tool

BLUF: It is good, but not great. It works, but it isn’t anything special. Other cheaper options will likely be easier and faster to use.

I found my self needing a sight adjustment tool and I was undecided which one to buy. This one ended up being my impulse purchase. I needed to install a front sight into a Sig P320 slide, and I read that using a punch and hammer is strongly recommended against.

Guys in the Army are breaking front sights trying to adjust them:

MSRP is about $150ish. I paid about $170 with taxes and shipping. You can likely find it cheaper elsewhere, but I wanted a sight pusher fast and I got this one the day after I ordered it.

It came well packaged in a branded box.

Once you take it out of the packaging, it is a pretty heft unit. Nicely built.

You have two large knurled nuts on the top that you unscrew to remove the top piece to put a pistol slide in the unit.

On the underside of the top piece, you have a height adjustable stop/guide that rests on the top of the pistol slide. It has a concave section for resting on top of 1911 slides, and you just turn it to rest the flats on top of any other type of slide. It can turn easily when there is no pressure on it.

The underside has four thumbscrews to press anodized aluminum clamps against the slide to hold it in place.

You put the slide in the lower, clamp it in place. Set the top of the adjustment tool back on the unit. Adjust the height with the height stopper mentioned previously. Reinstall the knurled nuts, then you can adjust the sight.

This is not hard, but it is not as fast or easy as other sight pushers out there.

I was at my local gun store today and noticed my dealer has one of these sitting on his tool cart. He was also installing some Glock slights today and he was using a different brand pusher instead of this one.

I don’t blame him.

The anodized aluminum pads on the base can scratch or mark up your slide. So you are suppose to tape up your slide first. I never had to do that with any other sight pusher. Not a bad idea though.

Now if you are paying attention, don’t worry. I took it back apart and assembled it correctly before I used it.

The sight pusher section, the black H shaped part, shown in the picture above, can be removed using an Allen wrench and flipped over. There is a part with straight ears for pushing most sights, and a part with slanted ears for pushing sights with angled sides, like you commonly find on a Glock.

Here is one of my minor complaints. You need to use a tool to adjust this tool for use. At $150, they could have drilled a hole one of the meaty metal parts, glued a little magnet at the bottom and set an $0.50 Allen wrench in it, so you would always have one with the tool. Better yet, they could have had a couple of steel indexing pins and a single thumbscrew hold it in place allowing for tool-less switching.

I found the markings for centering the front sight are a great idea, but they are faint on this pusher and I had a hard time seeing them while I used the sight pusher. They show up great in my photos, but at my desk, I struggle to see them.

I wish it had a larger handle. The manual tells you not to put any sort of cheater bar on it, I was tempted to do so. While this is a substantial size, it is still light enough that you need to secure it with one hand while you twist the adjustment spoked handle with the other. I found that kind of awkward. I’ll likely put it in a vise next time I use it.

I doubt this is something you would want to throw in your range bag to take with you in case you need to make field adjustments.

I’m not saying it is a bad product. It does what it is suppose to do. It hold a slide in place with five points of contact and applies pressure to move a sight. It works.

But it is expensive and it could be better and easier to use.

It got the job done.

BATFE issues cease and desist of the Honey Badger pistol.

There is a letter from the ATF issuing a “Cease and Desist” about the Honey Badger Firearm.

It appears that the ATF has decided that the Honey Badger is actually an illegal short barreled rifle.

The Q company is fighting this decision, and it is recommend you contact your congressional representatives if you disagree with the ATF’s stance on this.

This is Q’s response to the ATF:

The fear mongers are already pushing the narrative that this is the ATF’s first steps toward banning pistol braces. The might be right, but now is no the time to panic.

Now is the time to contact your reps.

Here are the links that Q suggests:

If you are concerned with this situation – as Q is – we urge you to contact the Department of Justice (ATF’s parent agency) by using the below OneClickPolitics link.


Additionally, we encourage you to reach out to the White House and ask President Trump to halt and rollback ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.
White House Comment Line:
(202) 456-1111 / Email

Residents from the following states and districts should reach out to their congressional representatives to let them know what they think of ATF’s actions:
Kentucky – Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) – https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/
(202) 224-2541 / Email

Alabama – Sen. Richard Shelby (R) – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and oversees funding of DOJ/ATF. https://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/
(202) 224-5744 / Email

Kansas – Sen. Jerry Moran (R) – Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) which is responsible for funding the ATF.
(202) 224-6521 / Email

South Carolina – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) – Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for ATF oversight.
(202) 224-5972 / Email

Ohio 4th District – Congressman Jim Jordan (R) – Ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over 2nd amendment issues. https://jordan.house.gov/
(202) 225-2676 / Email

If you are not from one these States, you can find your representative’s contact information here: https://www.contactingcongress.org/