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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron3 View Post
    Is this what Ian Fleming was referring to in the James Bond books?

    Bond keeps a "Colt Army Special Long Barrel .45" in his car.

    It gets destroyed in a fire, M replaces it.

    People debate whether Fleming is referring to a 1911 Browning or a revolver.

    Heck, he could have just been referring to a Colt 1917 in .45 acp or .455 Webley.

    I think Fleming uses the term "Long Barrel" to describe something full size unlike the Beretta 418 .25 acp Bond would carry at the time OR he meant a 5 inch 1911 or 4+ Barreled revolver as opposed to a snub barrel.

    I think he meant a 1911 because Bond uses his car gun in "The Spy Who Loved Me", its described as a large pistol, (not the PPK IMO) and because Bond reloads it with magazines tells us it's an auto.

    So, is there a .45 "Colt Army Special"?
    The Colt Army Special was never produced in .45 caliber. The Colt New Service was, and was also the basis for Colt's 1917. Fleming was not a gun guy and he was British, so its pretty hard for an American to "decode" which gun he was talking about.

    Andy
    Last edited by AndyLate; 04-08-21 at 08:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLIAR15 View Post
    I am not buying them but thought I’d show them here.
    OLIAR15, thank you for sharing the pics and background information. This is very cool.

    Joe Mamma
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    I did more research and found that in the short story (which I've read but forgot about) by Fleming ) A Veiw to a Kill" Bond has the "Long barreled Colt .45" and nearly gets killed because he had forgotten to disengage the "safety catch".

    I think that settles it that the gun was a Colt 1911 or 1911A1 from the earlier books, too.

    The books describe Bond training with the Beretta, PPK, and I think a .38 special, too, on a few occasions. But the Colt .45 isnt mentioned so we can assume he didn't train with it enough.

    I apologize for the thread hijack but I think I'm done now. 😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Mamma View Post
    OLIAR15, thank you for sharing the pics and background information. This is very cool.

    Joe Mamma
    Yes, please keep it up!

    I love the lines on these revolvers and they must be a joy to fire!

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