Turns out I found and saved this old Colt advert back in 2014 and stored it away then forgot to talk about it here. The Colt offensive pistil is not talked about much and I don’t know much about it sad to say. I may or may not have more to say about it and the Colt SSP next week.
Serial number 3 of the 1910 prototype. Browning kept this one for himself. I guess he didn’t think the thumb safety was needed.
A friend shared these photos on a group I belong to. A very nice Stevens single shot done up as a varmint rifle in the classic wildcat round the 22 K hornet. A serious combination for a serious varmint hunting rifleman in the day.
I have had a thing with the custom varmint rifles built off single shot actions like the Stevens and the Winchester Highwalls and Low walls for a long time. Something about those single shot actions, a heavy barrel and a Unertl have always appealed to me.
Around 2000-2001, I came very close to having a custom Highwall made by Ballard Cartridge company. My hang up was I never could decide what to have it chambered for and the lack of decision ended up going so long I ended up using the money I had saved for it on a high end Model 70 target rifle instead.
Spike was apparently a bit of a mascot at SOG forward operating base-4 of CCN. Taught to serve drinks and do all manner of errands for the Green Berets of SOG..
One of the SOG recon men saying he even helped a SFC man and fire a 81mm mortar in a mortar pit during the infamous attack on August 23 in 1968 when NVA sappers infiltrated a SOG compound from the sea in the middle of the night and caused multiple casualties of the recon men.
” he was in that mortar pitt firing illumination rounds over the camp. But I remember he told me that Spike knew enough that he readed them and handed the mortar rounds to him to fire”- William Barclay
“ He did not jump.”- Schofield Steven
Sad to say I have to tell you it was not a happy end for Spike.
“Spike lived with me in my hooch for a couple of months. I took care of him. The Vietnamese were very jealous. He disappeared while I was on a mission. He was not seen again. I was told that he was taken away and killed.”– Dick Thompson