It's a real pity nobody ever properly documented where it came from. The hammer looks like a WW2 Colt unit, so I doubt it was a WW1 battlefield pickup. Also the trauma looks too severe to be the result of a biplane crash. The muzzle received a hefty wallop, and it bent the trigger guard too. If it is indeed a battlefield pickup I'd be more inclined to believe it was salvaged out of the remains of either a WW2 bomber, or a ship in drydock that had taken a severe hit during a battle.
Then again, there's always the continuing adventures of Bubba. :hrm:
Actually you're right, I didn't notice it at first. The markings look like commercial ones (especially on the right side). It's looking more like it was recovered from the wreckage of Bubba's pickup truck than an airplane. :hrm:
Neat story, but that gun has had a lot more done to it than any plane crash and fire could possibly do. The safety is gone, the slide stop broken off, the grip bushings missing (they unscrewed when the plane spiralled down?), plus heavy blows from a hammer or similar tool all over the gun.
I have seen burned guns, and I think that gun was destroyed deliberately, not in any plane crash or fire. It is trash, and IMHO, the story is, too.
Wow, it is past $160.00.. . Now let's see the one I might sell was on the Essex (you can barely make that out along with the sailors initials AMT on the slide.) Yup, it's a NAVY, salvaged from the "Caspian" Sea. Big reserve, big reserve save up for this one. /K.