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At the end of WWII, the GIs had the option to purchase their M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, or 1911. Most of them passed on the opportunity.

I'm one of the lucky ones - my Dad, an Army Air Corps pilot, was issued a 1911, and bought it at the end of the war. I now have that .45 as well as the original holster. Aside from a fair amount of holster wear on all the sharp edges, it is in mint condition. And, unlike a lot of them, it's not a mutt..... every part is Colt, and all the numbers match.

When I came home from Vietnam, the situation was totally different... they would have had a stroke if you tried to bring home a couple pieces of spent brass.
 
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