Here’s the .45 I mentioned above. This pistol has fooled a few folks...fooled the Unit Armorer and the CQ once.
Short story.....we approached the CQ one evening with the .45, claiming we found it laying on the floor downstairs by the locked up Armory. The CQ freaked out so bad, he was shaking just trying to pull the slide back to try and clear the weapon. He then called the Unit Armorer down from his room. The Armorer just about shit his pants until we finally couldn’t hold in the laughter any more.
This next pic shows me and three buddies, dressed up in period costumes for a skit my CAV Troop put on at a Squadron Officers Dinner. I’m on the right, dressed in Tiger Stripes holding a Collectors Armory M16. This rifle fooled the gate guards. Short story....
We dressed for the skit, then drove in our POVs to the O Club. As I entered post, I stopped for the Gate Guard and showed him my ID card. He kinda looked strange at me because of the uniform, but then his eyes grew really big when he saw the loaded rifle laying across the passenger seat. Nervously he says...“Uhhhh…Sgt. you’re not allowed to transport weapons in your POV.” I calmly replied, “That’s right, you‘re not.” and drove on through the gate.
He eventually caught on, when right behind me, came driving through the gate, a Union Soldier, a WWII GI, and one of Gen. George Washington’s men....LOL.