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    Thumbs up May I share an old memory?

    I am going to wander down memory lane a tiny bit here and I hope no one minds or thinks I am wasting their time with an old man's wanderings. Many times one finds that one person's memory is another man's waste of time. I know this took place a couple years before some of you were born but what can I say, it is all I have.

    Recently, I have mentioned some of the older guns in my collection and I want to show off () some of them for those of us who enjoy old, weird, or just different firearms.

    It was 1968 and I was in Vietnam and was 19 years old. I was a member of the 188th M.P. company in IV corps. Our "base" was an old monastery outside of My Tho. Company duties included working liaison with Canh sat (white mice) National Police, POW control, and convoy escort duty which I had been assigned to since I came in country. We operated V100 armored command vehicles providing convoy escort in IV Corps.

    To get back to my post when I arrived as the company. I was issued an M16. After two months I had been promoted twice and was considered a vehicle commander. At that point I was issued a 1911.

    I was not happy with the 1911. It rattled and my accuracy with that particular 1911 was nonexistent. I had no confidence in the gun at all. I asked our company armorer what we could do to fix the situation. He suggested I "buy" another handgun from one of the ARVNs on base at which he would take my issued 1911 and hold it for me to turn in if I left the company.

    Long story short, I traded an ARVN (a soldier in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam) a Browning Hipower for a large Sony tape to tape player and 7 cartons of Camels. According to the serial number the gun was manufactured in Belgium in late 1964. I have no idea where the gun had been or how it got to Vietnam. I carried that pistol for the remaining time in the company (9 months) and when I cycled home I put the browning down the front of my fatigues and carried it all the way to the house, 8900 miles. The Browning performed for me perfectly while in country and all the time since, in fact, I still have that Hipower. It is still in very good condition despite it's scratches, dings, and holster wear. I have no idea what the gun is worth but it doesn't matter because I gave it away. When my daughter got old enough to understand the story behind it and how much the gun means to me she set claim to it when I am gone. While it still lives with me there is no doubt that the Browning is hers!

    Thanks for listening to my little bit of personal history and I am posting a couple of pictures.

    Don
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    Oh man thanks for sharing, great story and what a wonderful high power.
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    Great story ! And, I've always been fascinated with John Browning's final iteration of the perfect handgun.
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    That pistol is a wonderful piece of history and it's even better that your daughter holds it in such esteem. That last part is surely a reflection on you. Thanks for sharing.
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    Definitely not a waste of time.

    These personal stories are another great aspect of TA.net!

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    Thank you for sharing. The Hi Power had always been a favorite and yours is a great example! It is a testament to you as a parent that your daughter had laid claim to it! That should certainly make you beam with pride!

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    Great story Don. My daughter had laid claim to my gp100 since she was 11 years old and shot it for the first time. I have the Colt 1911 my dad bought a month before I was born. It's those moments that ensure the future shooters.

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    Don,
    Please make sure your story of that firearm is documented and kept with the Browning. You may remember it, your daughter may remember it, but in 5 or 6 generations No One will. The history is what holds the importance of the firearm and not enough people document things these days.
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    Thanks for sharing your story, it actually hit me on a few different levels...all good. History shouldn't be torn down, it needs to be shared!!!
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    Thanks for the great story and I'm a year behind you so your not an old man in my eyes!
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