So being a new junior member here I figured I'd share a cool 1911 story about a weapon with some history. My older brother who first introduced me to 1911's by showing me his officers model that I instantly drooled over. One day he called me up with a proposition. He had just wrecked his Harley Davidson and was looking for a new motorcycle. Being a little down on his luck he asked me if I would be willing to let him take over the payments on my Triumph Bonneville if he gave me a pistol of his. I had 2 Triumphs at the time so I agreed reluctantly but then he told me which gun he wanted to trade. Here is the cool part. His ex-father in law is a retired fighter pilot and at the time wanted to thin out his collection by giving a gun to his (at the time) son in law. My brother (Michael) goes over to pick the gun up and his father in law says, "Mike, when I was shot down in Korea, I had to evade capture. I've killed two Koreans (he actually used a derogatory term for Asian) with this weapon and I want you to have it." When my brother told me that it was that firearm, I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough to get my insurance agent on the phone to get him on the policy! I'm reasonably certain that the story is true as the serial # dates back properly and it was my brother telling me all of this. So I run into the dilemna of do I restore the piece or keep it as is. For a split second I thought about carrying it as my duty gun (I'm a cop) but for fear of holster wear, it probably not being registered anywhere, and it not being the same caliber as my backup, I've decided against it... Any suggestions?