View Full Version : Corrected a Past Mistake Today Swiss M1911

July 25, 2015, 13:17
Years ago, I had a bunch of Swiss bolt actions. Now, I'm not a huge fan of bolt actions, preferring semi autos but I accumulated a number of the old Swiss jobbers because I was so enamored by their precision and craftsmanship. Well, over the years, I sold and traded them all off for other things. Generally, once I part with something, I never look back and that was the case with my Swiss rifles......except for one. Some year ago, I traded a beautiful M1911 for a brand new CZ75 BD even up to a dealer who just LOVED my old 1911. I made out like a bandit on the deal but, as the years crept by, I missed that old thing. I had never shot it but it just....I don't know. It just nagged at me that I had let it go. Now, they are hard to find without import stamps and/or cracked/broken cocking handles and the prices are starting to rise.
Fast forward to yesterday and I came across a beautiful one, perhaps even nicer than my old one, on another forum and it was for sale. What was even better was the fact that it used to be on display in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum out in McMinnville, Oregon. That's where the Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" is housed. I remember visiting that museum a few years ago during one of my best vacations ever. This very rifle was most likely on display at that time and I probably looked at it although I don't remember doing so. As I looked at the ad closer, I noticed that the seller, who is also a member of this forum, lived only about an hour and a half from me. I contacted him immediately and we met today to make a deal. I couldn't be more pleased. Made in 1915, it's 100% matching with an intact cocking knob and no import stamp! After cleaning off the ancient dried Swiss Waffenfett, it looked even better than the pictures the seller posted. Let me share just a few pictures.

Here's the crown still shiny after all these years. The bore is perfect:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130696_zpsrxorffcg.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130696_zpsrxorffcg.jpg.html)

Any time I see the Swiss cross, I get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. The stock cartouche is crisp, denoting that the stock was never sanded:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130701_zpshjdy39c8.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130701_zpshjdy39c8.jpg.html)

I can unequivocally guarantee you that my outsides will look nowhere NEAR this good when I'm 100 years old:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130699_zpsyzqgc3ll.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130699_zpsyzqgc3ll.jpg.html)

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130698_zpszjo5x4nt.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130698_zpszjo5x4nt.jpg.html)

And my guts won't look this nice either:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130697_zpsmxzb55uc.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130697_zpsmxzb55uc.jpg.html)

To be fair, this rifle bears a "32" stamp denoting that it was sent back to WaffenFabrik Bern in 1932 for work. What the work entailed is lost to time but, whatever the case, it's pretty darn schweet looking after all these years.

Last picture is the 1911 standing next to the SIG 510. This picture exemplifies what I love about the Swiss. These two rifles were made over 50 years apart using vastly differing manufacturing techniques but both exhibit the same Quality, Craftsmanship and attention to detail. In a world where things are continually made cheaper and cheaper the Swiss maintain the same level of excellence. That's why I love Swiss products. As an aside, this rifle was already 41 years old when the jeep it's leaning against was brand new in 1946!:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Swiss%20M1911/P1130695_zps4tdvcwnc.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Swiss%20M1911/P1130695_zps4tdvcwnc.jpg.html)

So, everything in life comes full circle and is meant to be. Years a go, I sold my M1911 and always missed it. If I had kept it, I wouldn't have my CZ75BD and I would not have given the sale ad for this rifle a closer look. In the event, I ended up with a nicer 1911 than I had before and, in a way, a souvenir of that great vacation I had years ago. Everything happens for a reason. I owe a HUGE thank you to Abulg1972 of Gunboards for meeting with me today for a sterling transaction. If you ever read this thread, it was very nice meeting you and doing business with you too!

Now, I wonder what the next hundred years have in store for this eloquent old piece of Swisstory nestled in my safe.........

July 25, 2015, 19:08

You should check the Swiss Arms museum in Bern. Not nearly as nice as Austrias in Vienna or Britians in London, but still well worth a look. 2/3rds of the museum is swords, halbards and armor, but the last part is firearms. Most of them are from the 18th and 19th century.

They really drive home they made nice weapons long before they made modern firearms.


Douglas S Graham
July 26, 2015, 07:29
That 510 is sexy too!!!:bow:

July 27, 2015, 11:41
Very cool story. Thanks for taking the time to share.
Fantastic M1911...:whistling: