This is My 1911 Part II
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In 1962, as a member of the ARADCOM AMU, I was stationed at Ft. Carson CO. DCM was offering For Sale to NRA members, surplus military firearms. The .45 M1911 and .45 M1911A1 were offered at $17.00 each. Normal procedure was to get the paperwork from DCM, send it to the listed arsenal, and they would send it to you by Railway Express. Yes, mail orders were legal at that time.
Since we were only 50 miles from the arsenal at Pueblo, CO, we were able to go there and hand-pick our .45. I found one in excellent condition marked "USS". At the time, I thought it stood for United States Steel, but found out it was actually made by Union Switch and Signal. Before I was discharged in October, 1962, I spent a lot of time with the unit gunsmiths learning how to make a National Match .45 out of a stock 1911A1. I was also able to accumulate a good stockpile of the NM parts.
I completed this pistol after my discharge and installed a Bomar sight system that had an adjustable piece so that you could tighten or loosen the lockup at the breech end of the barrel, according to the type of ammunition and the weight rating of the recoil spring. In that way, I could use the same gun for wadcutter or hardball matches. The grips shown were Herrett's Cocabola smooth grips with ampidextrous trigger finger support. Later, I switched to checkered wood grips for better control. It shot amazingly tight groups and over the next few years, competed very successfully in NRA 2700 Bullseye Competition.
After I entered Police work, I quit bullseye shooting and became very active in PPC Competition. I subsequently traded it off to a friend. I lost contact with him when I moved to Alaska and often wonder where that gun may be today.