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Thread: My dad's stolen 1911 is home.

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    My dad's stolen 1911 is home.

    Back in the mid 2000s my father purchased a Kimber Stainless Gold Match II. He shot it every week. One day it stopped running reliably. He had a well known local 1911 smith fully tune up and rebuild the gun and it ran amazing for many years and over 25k rounds since. We spent many days at the range together and the Kimber was his constant companion. In 2017 my father's house was burglarized and it was the only thing stolen. We believe it was the meth addict schizo neighbor but never had any evidence. A couple years later my father died. The pistol was recently recovered and returned to me yesterday. This was the condition I got it in.

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    Yesterday I spent about 30 minutes with CLP and a brush and was able to knock the worst off.

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    Today I did a full detail strip and went after the rust spots with oil and some fine steel wool. It definitely doesn't look pristine but It never was a safe queen. I am beyond the moon that I got this 1911 back in my hands. When my father passed away this gun was the only thing he owned that I really wanted. Im taking it to the range this weekend.

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    Fantastic! This scenario seldom plays out, good for you man.
    Betting your Pop is smiling down on you now.
    A true "Gun Guy" (or gal) should have familiarity and a modicum of proficiency with most all firearms platforms.

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    I am glad to hear your family's property was returned. Albeit a bit worse for wear.

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    Glad you got it back; you got it cleaned up nicely! Condolences on your father’s passing.

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    Those G10 grips really look good on it. I’m glad that 1911 made it home.

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    I had a Stainless 1911 Colt stolen from my jeep decades ago, and got it back after they arrested the fukkbag who was carrying it. It was in a little better shape than yours after I got it back though.
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    Amazing story. Glad you got it back Brother. My deceased father's old duty piece is one of my prize possessions. I would be sunk if it was ever taken. Looks like a shooter!
    U.S. Army vet. -- Retired 25 year LEO.

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    Our friend, moderator The Dumb Gun Collector or whatever he calls himself today, got a Wilson CQB and I believe a shotgun stolen in a home burglary. By luck, a couple years later (I think), the police recovered the CQB during an arrest/car search. It looked like hell. He contemplated sending it back to Wilson for a restoration, but he decided to just clean it up himself. I'll see if I can find pictures that he sent me.

    I think these are the pre stolen pictures:





    After recover and before clean up:







    I found the info he gave me, he finally took it to a local shop and had them remove the old finish, smooth out the scars and then parkerized it. They also installed a gold bead front sight:



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    It is so great you got it back!

    Andy

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    OP- absolutely awesome that you have it back!

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