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Old 02-13-2020, 09:01 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Vietnam Captured Jungle .45

This is one of the smaller groupings that is bittersweet. This belong to a dear friend of mine who recently passed away and the family wanted me to have it. He relayed the story to me about how he captured this weapon in January 1970. He received an award for the engagement he was involved in. He explained the entire story and then gave me photographs of him carrying this for the duration of his tour. Very well-made peace.

I’ve seen these referred to as both a jungle made gun and North Vietnamese manufactured piece.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:02 AM   #2
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:03 AM   #3
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:11 AM   #4
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Very nice and my condolences on the passing of your friend....Bodes
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:44 AM   #5
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What a great pistol and I am also very sorry to hear of your friends passing!
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Old 02-13-2020, 03:32 PM   #6
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These Jungle weapons are an interesting subject matter. It does look fairly well made, is the safety functional?
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:03 PM   #7
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Someone had a lot of time on their hands to spend making this piece.
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:52 PM   #8
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A very nice piece of history and keepsake.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:03 PM   #9
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That is very cool. So sorry about your friends passing. RIP.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:17 PM   #10
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Quote:
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....is the safety functional?

Don’t think so....


Thanks to all!
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:58 PM   #11
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These Jungle weapons are an interesting subject matter. It does look fairly well made, is the safety functional?
On the one I have the safety is not functional. It appears the jungle gunsmith gave up without getting it to work.

They are made of sheet metal pieces brazed together, and not something you would want to shoot service ammo in. The one I have is split from the front of the receiver back to the triggerguard where it was brazed together. Maybe it was shot once.
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Don’t think so....
The reason I ask is because your pistol actually has the double sided spring assembly (I forget the name) that sits between the slide stop and safety. "Forgotten Weapons" on youtube reviewed one of these jungle 1911's... interestingly the person who made that one didn't even bother to make that piece... they just screwed a stationary safety lever on to look the part.... without rambling on, thanks for posting this one, very cool to see one of the better quality jungle 1911's.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:00 PM   #13
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Thank you for sharing and sorry to hear about your friend. Appears to be decent quality!
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:49 PM   #14
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What an interesting piece and such a great personal connection. Very sorry to hear of your friend's passing.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:16 PM   #15
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Wonderful keepsake, but I don't think I'd have carried it. It may have fired just fine or it may have blown up in hand.
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