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Old 11-05-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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A great gift from a great friend..

I got a call yesterday from a friend that moved in with me after I got divorced back in 2006...He told me that he was selling his house and moving into an assisted living facility due to declining health issues..

Dave is a 66 year old man that served our country and loves his guns and the 2nd Amendment...He has a heart bigger than most anyone that I know and he also had a surprise for me...

He asked me to come over tonight after work and when I got there we had a cocktail and then he pulled his S&W 40 cal out and told me that he wanted me to have it...I told him I love the gun, but wouldn't take it unless I paid him something for it...Dave's a stubborn old kraut and basically told me I was taking it..

So now I have my first S&W automatic pistol and one promise that I had to make to him was....

Never sell it !!!.....He knows how I wheel and deal, but this isn't going anywhere except to the range...

Thank you Dave....
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Old 11-05-2015, 05:15 PM   #2
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Great story, great gun, and great friend. Cherish both of them.
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Old 11-05-2015, 05:28 PM   #3
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He was showing me some things that are different than my other 1911's...

It's a double action and when you have it cocked and loaded, if you switch on the safety the hammer closes...Turn off the safety and it's ready to fire without reracking the slide...
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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Wow, it looks like new, has he ever shot it?
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Marshall..This is not a 1911 but a double/single action pistol. I believe it is a 3rd generation S&W and was generally made for law enforcement purposes. It is intended to be carried with the safety/decocking lever up for a "safe" double action condition for the first round and single action after that. The decocking lever also acts as a safety but not intended to be carried in that condition by LEOs. After being fired the decking lever safely lowers the hammer in contrast to a true 1911 that you have to manually lower the hammer. I carried a 3913 for many years and am very confident in the design. They were and still are great guns and ones in a condition that yours seems to be in are highly prized possessions. Hogue makes a great one piece rubber grip that tames the recoil. Enjoy your new possession and would love to hear what you think of it after a range outing.
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Very nice Marshall. I don't own one like that. I agree with Chuck looks brand new.
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Wow, it looks like new, has he ever shot it?
Yes he has Chuck, but when I pulled the slide off of it the rails look like it has had very little wear on it...

It will take a little getting use to taking this apart compared to my Kimbers...

Skip to the 7:30 minute part of this video and watch how the slide gets put back on....Weird I tell ya...

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Originally Posted by jonh1373 View Post
Marshall..This is not a 1911 but a double/single action pistol. I believe it is a 3rd generation S&W and was generally made for law enforcement purposes. It is intended to be carried with the safety/decocking lever up for a "safe" double action condition for the first round and single action after that. The decocking lever also acts as a safety but not intended to be carried in that condition by LEOs. After being fired the decking lever safely lowers the hammer in contrast to a true 1911 that you have to manually lower the hammer. I carried a 3913 for many years and am very confident in the design. They were and still are great guns and ones in a condition that yours seems to be in are highly prized possessions. Hogue makes a great one piece rubber grip that tames the recoil. Enjoy your new possession and would love to hear what you think of it after a range outing.
Thanks for the info...I'm searching everything that I can to learn about this gun and appreciate the help....
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Very nice Marshall. I don't own one like that. I agree with Chuck looks brand new.
Thanks Arland...

Just what I needed...Another caliber to buy....

It is a pretty clean looking gun though...
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