Colt 1911A1 Military Service Pistol WWII Ace
Ace European Theater Fighter Pilot Frank Hurlbut
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Colt Model 1911A1 Military Pistol, 45 ACP, Complete History and Records, WWII Service Pistol of European Theater Ace P-38 Fighter Pilot Frank Hurlbut (Google Him!!)

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Special Note. This is the third of many auctions for now-deceased Retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hurlbut, an American World War II Fighter Pilot and Ace. The first auction was for his Sako Model L579 Deluxe rifle in .243 Winchester caliber. The second auction was for his Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun (never fired, like-new). This auction is for his most significant and historical firearm in his collection, his Colt Model 1911A1 Service Pistol in 45 ACP caliber, which accompanied him on all his fighter missions and protected his family well into his Golden Years until nearing 90 years old. Other auctions, which will come later, will be for his Colt Detective Special revolver in .38 Special caliber, his High Standard Derringer Model DM-101 in 22 Win Mag caliber, and his Ruger Model 10/22 Carbine in 22 LR.

In the photo section of this auction, see the 2 photos for the signed letter he wrote to me about this pistol. It is very poignant and touching. Recommend you read it completely. Excerpt follows: “The only time I was ever hit, during my second mission, one of my engines was blown out and I had to limp home. Some time I will have to tell you about that mission. I have forgotten a lot of things in my life (some would say most things), but all of the minute details of my 50 missions are indelible in my memory. When it is your duty to accomplish a difficult mission – all the while with the constant peril of death around you – your mind operates at a different level, and the memories will not go away, for better or worse.”

Yours truly, Mike Jackson, a gun collector in Houston, purchased Colonel Hurlbut’s service pistol in February 2010. This is the original firearm and original leather holster issued to Frank Hurlbut in April 1943. To now own a firearm previously owned by a Great American Hero – Frank Hurlbut – is truly an honor for me. He risked his life to protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy today. We all owe him – and those like him – a huge debt of gratitude. This Colt Model 1911A1 handgun will be kept prominently on display for as long as I own it. Hopefully by being on display it will honor the fine art of gunmaking (Colt 1911, probably the most famous of all pistol-type handguns) and a true American hero (Frank Hurlbut).

From an article written about this firearm some years ago entitled: “Colt Model 1911A1 Pistol, Caliber: .45 A.C.P., An American Hero’s Sidearm In War and Peace For Almost 70 Years,” the following is excerpted and in some cases supplemented or updated.

Manufacturing records indicate that this historical pistol, Serial Number 827371, was manufactured by Colt’s Patent Firearm Manufacturing Company (Colt) in 1942, probably late 1942 since this serial number is nearer the end of the series of numbers recorded for that year. It was issued to Frank D. Hurlbut, P-38 fighter pilot in World War II, in early April 1943.

Frank Hurlbut joined the National Guard in early 1940 before being activated following the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. He was posted to the 82nd Fighter Group, 96th Fighter Squadron flying P-38s in Europe. He became a P-38 Ace on 10 July 1943 during a notable fighter sweep in which his Group was credited with 10 kills. Frank Hurlbut flew over 50 combat missions and scored nine confirmed victories, all in Europe, making him the third highest Ace in the 12th Air Force. One of the “Flying Sergeants” at the time, Hurlbut would later retire from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Hurlbut was in continuous possession of this M1911A1 handgun for almost 70 years, from April 1943 to February 2010.

The Colt Model 1911 was designed by perhaps the most prolific and brilliant firearm inventor of all time, John Moses Browning, born in Utah in 1855. By 1904, Browning had perfected this firearm and the .45 A.C.P. (“Automatic Colt Pistol”) handgun cartridge to go with it. In 1906 the U.S. Army began tests of pistols from six firearms manufacturing firms: Colt, Bergmann, Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), Savage, Knoble, Webley, and White-Merril. The Colt and Savage models were “short listed” and additional tests conducted. The Colt eventually proved to be the best and was adopted by the U.S. Army as the standard U.S. military handgun in 1911 – thus the model designation: “Model of 1911,” in short, “M1911.”

Well known authorities on the history of pistols and revolvers (authors Fowler, North, and Stronge) state in their illustrated encyclopedia: “Model 1911A1 and Government Model – This is simply the most successful pistol of all time.” (Look back to the recent year 2011. The number of magazine article tributes to the “100th Anniversary” of this firearm was astounding!!)

When America entered the Great World War in 1914, the U.S. government had received 140,000 M1911 pistols from both Colt and Springfield Armory. The Armory had tooled up in 1913 to make M1911s and help fill initial orders that Colt could not fill. Altogether some 31,000 M1911s were built at Springfield prior to the U.S. entry into World War I. To meet wartime requirements they made 45,000 more, all in 1918.

Filling the projected war needs meant that pistols would have to be made by contractors other than Colt and the government armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. Thus orders were placed with Remington-UMC, Winchester, Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Lanston Monotype Machine Company, National Cash Register Company, Savage Arms Company, and two Canadian firms, Caron Brothers Manufacturing Company North American Arms Company, Ltd. Of those firms, only Remington-UMC delivered any meaningful quantity (approximately 22,000), since the armistice ending the war came not long after orders were placed.

After World War I, the Army's Ordnance Department further evaluated the Colt 1911's combat performance. They recommended the following changes: (1) Wider front sight to develop "Patridge-type" of sights, allowing the shooter to quickly align both front and rear sights under various lighting conditions. (2) Longer hammer spur and longer grip-safety spur, both aimed at preventing the web between the thumb and the forefinger from being pinched between the hammer and the safety spur when the gun is fired. (3) Arched spring housing, which fills the shooter's hand, and checkering the back-strap, which provides a better grip. (4) Relief cuts in the frame around the trigger allowing easier access to the trigger. (5) Shorter trigger with knurled face to avoid the trigger finger from slipping. These changes were put into production on June 15, 1926, and the official model designation became: “Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, Model 1911A1” (“M1911A1”).

World War II shortage of arms was a replay of the situation before World War I, but worse. The Colt “.45” pistol was in great demand, not only by the U.S. Armed Forces, but also by the militaries of our major allies. Once again, contractors other than Colt provided some of the 2+ million .45s made during the period 1941 to 1945. In all, Colt and three other suppliers produced M1911A1s in large numbers during the war years: Colt 480,000, Remington-Rand 1,030,000, Ithaca 370,000, Union Switch and Signal Company 55,000. Singer Sewing Machine provided about 500 1911A1 pistols before switching its focus and becoming a major supplier of M1 Garand rifles. The M1911A1 pistol remained in service as the standard U.S. military handgun issue through the Korean War and the War in Vietnam and beyond, spanning from 1911 until 1985.

Colonel Hurlbut’s pistol has the following stacked markings on the left side: (1) COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO., (2) HARTFORD, CT. (3) USA U.S.A., (4) No 827371. These markings indicate that the pistol was manufactured by Colt and not one of the other manufacturers. This stamping reflects Colt’s old company name: “Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company.” (Since then the company has shortened its name to: “Colt’s Manufacturing Company.”) Some serial numbers for M1911A1 military pistols manufactured in 1942 by Colt were duplicated after 1942 by Ithaca, but the serial number for Hurlbut’s pistol, 827371, does not fall within that range.

Mike Jackson, a gun collector in Houston, acquired the pistol in February 2010, including the original holster issued with it in 1943, and a new barrel purchased by Hurlbut many years later but never installed. Colonel Hurlbut stated to Mike: “Until you recently took possession from me, I had uninterrupted possession of this firearm since it was issued to me in 1943. That’s almost 70 years.”

In 1942, after flight training in the USA, Frank Hurlbut boarded the Queen Mary and went to England for more training. In his many telephone discussions with Mike Jackson, Hurlbut stated: “That ship of course was a luxury liner that England had converted for troop transport, there being ‘more pressing matters’ to worry about at the time than luxury cruises.”

He goes on: “I entered North Africa in Algeria, and was based initially at Berteaux Airfield, not far from the large city of Constantine. My arrival followed not too far behind General Patton, who along with British General Montgomery was in the process of driving Rommel and his German forces completely out of Africa. I was in the 96th Fighter Squadron, which was part of the 82nd Fighter Group.”

Hurlbut was part of the now-famous “Sad Sacks,” a group of sixty-seven non-commissioned fighter pilots, some 50 of which were at Luke Field, Arizona, together. They also studied low-level fighter tactics together at Tallahassee, Florida before being shipped to England in December, 1942.

Some of this group of new pilots were referred to at the time as the “Flying Sergeants,” as opposed to the “second lieutenant” rank which was the entry-level rank for commissioned fighter pilots who had at least two years of college under their belt. The Flying Sergeants’ opportunity to be a pilot was a reflection of the dire necessity at the time to mobilize sufficient military personnel fast enough to stop Fascism from world domination.

Hurlbut’s 50 combat missions were mostly over Tunisia in North Africa, the islands of Sardinia and Sicily near Italy, the mainland of Italy, and of course the Mediterranean Sea. His official military kill record is as follows (*Destroyed, **Probable, ***Damaged).

April 11, 1943: 1 – Ju52*

May 20, 1943: 1 – Fw190* and 1 - Me109***

May 24, 1943: 1 – Mc202***

June 18, 1943: 1 – Me109*, 1 - Re2001*, and 1 - Me109**

July 10, 1943: 3 – Fw190* and 1 - Fw190***

August 7, 1943: 1 – Fw190* and 1 - Me109***

September 2, 1943: 1 – Me109*

His main mission was to escort American B-25 bomber groups to and from their seaport, factory, rail, and military targets. Hurlbut stated: “I was there fairly early in the war, and at that time we were always substantially outnumbered by German and Italian aircraft. Many times it was truly a ‘dog fight’ to get the job done and get home alive.” Hurlbut continued, “The P-38 was a marvelous aircraft and it saved many a man’s life with its firepower, heavy armor, and second engine. In spite of the superiority of the P-38, many of my buddies did not make it back, and I will never forget them.” In a grudging compliment to the P-38, German opposition fighter pilots nicknamed it “der gabelschwanzer Teufel,” which translates, “fork-tailed devil.”

Though possessing a great range that allowed it to escort American “heavies” well into occupied Europe, the P-38 Lightning had some deficiencies in its early years in the European Theater of Operations, and it wasn’t until the J-model became available in late 1943 that the P-38’s performance was optimized with several improvements. The improvements included the additions of a super charger to boost engine performance while in combat and a cockpit heater to make higher altitude flying more practicable. Another improvement was an aileron steering booster which facilitated making a faster roll, improving maneuverability. Also improvements were made in the plane’s high power dive control with the addition of dive flaps, enhancing the pilot’s ability to dive at high speed but pull out of the dive safely.

Hurlbut also stated to Jackson: “The only time I was ever hit, during my third mission, one of my engines was blown out and I had to limp home. Some time I will have to tell you about that mission. I have forgotten a lot of things in my life – some would say most things – but all of the minute details of my 50 missions are indelible in my memory. When it is your duty to accomplish a difficult mission, all the while with the constant peril of death around you, your mind operates at a different level, and the memories will not go away, for better or worse.”

This great American hero said: “By the way, I christened my aircraft “Hell’s Angel” – wish I had copyrighted that term!”

Colonel Hurlbut added: “I had this Colt 1911 pistol with me on every mission I flew. Since I was never shot down, I never had to use it in combat. After retiring from the Air Force in 1964, I shot it from time to time out in the desert or someplace like that, at cans or bottles or rocks, as a diversion and to make sure it was in good operating condition. I estimate since I left the military that it has been fired maybe 50 to 100 times.

Born in 1922 in Park City, Utah, Frank Hurlbut grew up in Salt Lake City. His father owned a pharmacy in Park City but lost it during the Great Depression. Flying P-38 Lightnings with the 82nd Fighter Group, Hurlbut became an Ace ten days before his 21st birthday and finished the war as the third highest-ranking Ace in the North African Theatre of Operations.

Frank Hurlbut began his military career in 1940, at the age of seventeen when he joined the Utah National Guard. After the unit was federalized, Hurlbut requested transfer to the Army Air Corps and flight training. This was granted, and Hurlbut won his wings as an Army Air Corps “Flying Sergeant” in August 1942.

In December of 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Flight Officer and sent to North Africa. After twenty-eight more hours of instruction, he was deemed combat ready and was assigned to the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group.

Flying in his “Hell’s Angel” P-38, Hurlbut gained his first victory in April 1943, when his flight intercepted a group of German Ju52 transports over the Mediterranean. Hurlbut shot one down and damaged another, but his P-38 was hit by 20mm cannon fire from the Ju52s and was forced to return to his base with an engine shot out.

Hurlbut became an ace during the invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943. During a twenty-minute running duel off the coast, Hurlbut managed to shoot down two German Fw 190 fighters while turning in a Lufbery circle, plus a third Fw 190 flying close to the water, headed for the invasion beaches near Palermo. He then returned to his temporary base in Tripoli.

He said of his most harrowing mission on 11 April 1943, the only time he was hit by enemy fire, his fighter group was on a special mission looking for Ju52 transport aircraft, as opposed to their normal mission of escorting bombers. They knew if they saw Junkers they would be full of German ground troops being evacuated from North Africa. (Later, on 13 May 1943, the remaining German troops in North Africa were forced to surrender to Allied forces, leaving 275,000 POWs.)

Hurlbut’s squadron found about 25 Junkers just above the deck (water line). Because of a radio malfunction, the main body of the fighter group did not know about the Junkers and as a result only a small contingent of planes peeled off to pursue the enemy. This left only four American P-38s against about 25 German Ju52s. Hurlbut was one of the four.

His squadron quickly got about six kills, and he got three himself (but credit for only one since two of them could not be verified by fellow pilots). Unfortunately, these Ju52s had been specially equipped with top-mounted cannons, and according to Hurlbut, “The Germans recovered fairly quickly and “shot the ‘holy bejesus’ out of us in no time. It was a tremendous hail of steel thrown at us,” Hurlbut described, “and it was later determined I took over 30 hits in my aircraft, many of which were severe.”

All the P-38s were hit, with Hurlbut seriously hit, and the flight leader even more seriously hit. Hurlbut became separated from his squadron by the escape route he had to avoid any further hits from the Junkers. This was the first and only time Hurlbut flew a P-38 on one engine. Darkness was approaching quickly, and as he flew along the northern coast of Africa west towards safety in Algeria, he saw German planes on an airfield below, and had to detour even further, with just one engine operable and very low on fuel.

Hurlbut recalls about that difficult flight home, “One pilot with me was on his first combat mission. He got on my wing even though I had only one engine. Soon others joined. I escorted them towards home with just one engine. We were Near Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, and close to the Suez Canal. We were also very near Bizerte Harbor, which had been a major Axis base. This was the only part of Tunisia still under enemy control.”

“The Germans still had an air base close by. Some in our group turned around and went out to sea again, to avoid Germans from the airbase below. I eventually did same and followed them, but well behind in a crippled plane. I was very late getting back and was by that time reported as ‘missing.’ As was the practice, all the guys took my things from my quarters, like boots, socks, toiletries, and other useful items. This might seem callous, but with supplies so low at the time, it was only dealing with the realities of war. When I finally got back they had to give back all my stuff, which they gladly did!”

“When I crashed landed at the base, and ran off the end of the runway into a small, shallow lake, the Crew Chiefs came up quickly, and I thought they were there to assist me. But to my surprise, apparently seeing that I was not seriously injured, they went right past me and quickly started salvaging needed items from the plane before they became too wet to be of any use. They removed clocks and valves and other critical items from the wrecked plane. Before too long they got to me and got me out of the water also – thank goodness!”

Hurlbut continued, “The other planes who returned before me were hit pretty badly too. One pilot who was very inexperienced had taken a cannon shot through the belly tank. In the intelligence briefing which came later, the pilot was asked why he had not dropped his belly tanks – which was basic procedure – as soon as combat started. He replied, ‘I did not know how.’ This shows that some pilots were rushed into combat without adequate training, as the Allies were pretty desperate to quickly deploy enough pilots to get the job done.” Colonel Hurlbut continued, “This pilot turned out to be a very effective combat pilot, and he survived the war. I think the last I heard about him, years after the war, he was Warden of a large prison in Nebraska.”

After Hurlbut got back to home base and survived the crash landing, he was saddened by the news that his flight leader had not returned and was lost in this mission. “His name was Rawson,” Hurlbut recalled, “and I believe his wife was pregnant. He was one of the original Sergeant Pilots. He was only 20 years old or so, but was loved by the whole group. Morale was so bad when we learned we had lost the ‘old timer’.”

“The airplane I was using on that mission was not my regular plane. That day I flew a plane normally flown by a pilot who was off on a rare ‘rest and recreation’ event put on by the King of Morocco for battle-weary Allied pilots. I was really dreading explaining to the man why I had wrecked his plane. To my surprise, when he returned, he shook my hand and thanked me, saying, ‘Hell, I needed a new plane anyway’.”

Hurlbut added, “More often than not I was assigned the ‘Tail Gun Charlie’ position at the rear of the fighter group. This was the most vulnerable position because it was easier for the enemy to pick you off back there. Many times it was only my evasive flying skills that saved me back there. The enemy seemed to always be after ‘Tail End Charlie’.”

Hurlbut described one of his last missions in September 1943 as follows. “The mission was to escort bombers to a hilly seacoast area in Italy. I had been there 5-6 months by this time. We were in ‘boxes’ comprised of about 20 bombers and a roughly equal number of fighter escorts. We went in, box, after box, after box. We flew in right down on the water, and then we would rise to get to bomber elevation. We flew ‘S’ patterns above the bombers to protect them from above, where the enemy was most likely to be.

“About 100-150 German and Italian planes showed up to meet us. We were hit by about 30 at a time, then more, in a continuous cycle. It was more than we could handle. I racked around quite a bit to survive, with the Germans and Italians after me. We were either lucky or good or both, because we kept them off our bombers, with no bomber losses in our fighter group. We won a Presidential Unit Citation that day for what we did.”

“Typically the enemy planes could only fight about twenty minutes once engaged, due to limited fuel and ammo capacity, but they kept sending more planes. We lost most of our fighter group that day,” Hurlbut recalled, “with about twenty P-38s not able to return. Of those lost, ten were in my squadron and seven were in my immediate fighter group.”

Hurlbut stated, “To make matters worse, the returning P-38s were chased home ‘just above the deck,’ and at one point I had four Messerschmitt 109s after me at the same time. The 109 was the most capable and feared German fighter plane. Out of ammo, all of the P-38s had to turn tail and run, dispersing in several directions, and I escaped by using some ‘pretty crazy’ flying techniques, ‘racking around in all directions’ to escape the incoming fire.”

Commanding Officers of the 96th Fighter Squadron during Hurlbut’s combat service were:

Major Harley C. Vaughn – 7/13/42 – 6/25/43

Capt. Raymond H. Lynn – 6/25/43 – 7/2/43

Major Buddy A. Strozier – 7/2/43 – 9/29/43

From War Records, the following men were lost in Hurlbut’s fighter squadron during his deployment in North Africa, all classified as Missing in Action and later reclassified as Killed in Action. (Note the five losses on September 2, 1943, one of the missions Hurlbut describes above. In fact, Hurlbut recalls seven losses on this mission, not five.)

Apr. 11, 1943.....1st Lt. William B. Rawson

Jun. 18, 1943.....2nd Lt. George E. Wehman, Jr.

Aug. 7, 1943.....2nd Lt. Richard J. Drayton

Sept. 2, 1943.....2nd Lt. Jack E. Amberson

Sept. 2, 1943.....2nd Lt. Frank W. Dennison

Sept. 2, 1943.....2nd Lt. William T. Francke

Sept. 2, 1943.....1st Lt. John L. Schlener

Sept. 2, 1943.....2nd Lt. James E. Zoeter

After fifty missions, 210 combat hours, and a bout with malaria, Hurlbut was returned to the United States for recuperation and reassignment. Although he wanted to return for another tour, reoccurring attacks of malaria made that impossible. He finished the war as an instructor in P-38s and P-61 Black Widow night fighters.

Frank Hurlbut stayed in the Air Force after the war, held a variety of different positions, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-four years of service. His official victory list included four Fw 190s, three Me109s, one Italian Reggiane Re 2001, and one Ju52. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with seventeen Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Presidential Unit Citations.

After the war Hurlbut served several assignments in the Air Force. One assignment was Chief of Reconnaissance in the NATO program to protect Western Europe and England from the Russians. His forces consisted of French, German, British, and American military aircraft. Hurlbut reported to a Five-Star French General in this role, in the battle command headquarters of Europe.

During another military assignment in the Philippines, Hurlbut earned his college degree at age thirty-five going to night school. His degree was in Political Science, and after earning his degree he taught this and other subjects to new cadets at the University of California at Berkley over a three year period.

While stationed in the Philippines, Hurlbut served as the Base Operations Officer for the largest air base in the World in land area, Clark Air Force Base. It was a part of the 13th Air Force. One of his duties and responsibilities was to check out all U.S. Air Force pilots who were flying out of Clark AFB into Hong Kong. This was required before they would be allowed to make that difficult flight.

Since Hong Kong was a British Protectorate at that time, he had himself been checked out by the British for this flight entry procedure. The mountains surrounding Hong Kong made for a very harrowing approach, at times with the plane only about 10 feet above the terrain on the entry and final approach to the landing runway.

The approach called for barely clearing the mountains, then dropping suddenly and dramatically to the proper alignment and elevation for a safe approach into the landing runway. The Hong Kong Airport runway has since been lengthened, making the approach much easier and safer, but in Hurlbut’s day flying into Hong Kong was quite a “trip” and required special pilot and aircraft approval by the appropriate British Authority.

After leaving Germany in 1963 with his Colt pistol and numerous other firearms in his collection, Hurlbut had one more military assignment before retiring in 1964. He was assigned in Sumter, South Carolina as Assistant Director of the Command and Control Division. His unit was on High Alert at all times. Hurlbut’s role was to brief U.S. Air Force Generals on the deployment, condition, and readiness of tactical aircraft located throughout the world.

Upon retiring from the military in 1964, Hurlbut moved to Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. After buying a house overlooking the ocean and being there only about a year, Hurlbut took a job with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, working on a government program to develop improved aerial photography technology. One of his roles was to coordinate efforts of separate Kodak design groups, summarize individual team results, and compile their efforts for presentation to the government. He also was highly instrumental in follow-up negotiations with the government which resulted in the largest cost-plus-fixed-fee contract extension for a government contractor up to that time.

When this program ended he moved to Florida, intending to establish a small airline company providing service from Puerto Rico to outlying Caribbean islands. After inspecting the area and finding a lack of basic maintenance capabilities to support aircraft, he decided against the venture and returned to home base in California.

In California he worked in real estate for over thirty years, sometimes full-time and sometimes part-time. During this period he served in several interesting jobs including pilot of corporate aircraft for a small company, captain of a corporate luxury yacht for the same small company, and Chief of Security for McDonald Douglass Aerospace Corporation. For almost ten years of this period he was also a self-employed business consultant assisting a number of companies in various business initiatives. Eventually Hurlbut left Orange County and moved to Palm Springs, California, then he moved to Florida for about five years.

Hurlbut has contributed to many volunteer efforts over his retirement years. He served as the President of the P-38 National Association, where he was the last President to fly a functional P-38. He served as Museum Curator at March Field in Riverside, California. Frank Hurlbut was inducted into the American Combat Airmen Hall of Fame in 2005.

In February 2009 he and his wife moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, near Las Vegas, Nevada, where they now live. Currently in the early planning stages of moving back to Palm Springs, California, he is age 87 years at this writing, in February 2010.

To now possess a firearm previously owned by a Great American Hero – Frank Hurlbut – is truly an honor for me. He risked his life to protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy today. We all owe him – and those like him – a huge debt of gratitude. Wherever this pistol ends up, it is almost a certainty it will always be with a patriotic American who appreciates the sacrifices of our service men and women. On prominent display wherever it is, it will continue to honor one of the most famous of all American military handguns – Colt Model 1911 – and a true American hero – Frank D. Hurlbut.

Mike Jackson, February 28, 2010

Included is the pistol, a never-used replacement barrel purchased by Colonel Hurlbut many years ago but never installed, the original leather holster that has held the pistol since 1943, and a soft case (has no significance with the pistol), plus a thumb drive with all my related photos, write-ups, letters received from the Colonel and his wife, all my related emails, and reference documents and files, electronic and hard-copy versions as they exist. Also included are a P-38 airplane model labeled with a Frank Hurlbut plaque and a famous WWII painting for Colonel Hurlbut (framed and numbered print of original, this one is Number 1) entitled “Lightening Over the Bay of Naples” by Jack Fellows, ASAA, autographed by Hurlbut. Google the title and painter name to see the painting, or look in the photo section of this auction for the painting and its Certificate of its Authenticity.

More Additional Notes: The current owner has never fired the pistol, but Colonel Hurlbut said it has always fired for him just fine, using the original barrel. Numerous photographs are included to show the handling/use marks, which are very light for a military service pistol dating to 1943.

Additional $225.00 Shipping is to pay for fully insured (insurance is a big part of the cost, also painting and model) FedEx shipping to all states except California, Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, and Hawaii. In those states add $75. Shipping will be fully insured, and packaged securely to protect your investment. More photos to you by email upon request. Good luck bidding! Please call me, Mike Jackson, phone 713-501-3633 cell “24/7,” if you have any questions.

This is a historically significant Colt Model 1911A1 military service pistol used by a true American Hero, Frank Hurlbut. It comes with a wealth of reference material and display material to enhance your display of the pistol in your home or office. Be sure to Google Frank Hurlbut. See the many photos provided, some of Frank Hurlbut and his wife, and myself and my wife with them. And see the signed letter he wrote to me, the current Owner, about his treasured pistol at the time of sale. So much to see. Hope you enjoy reading about this historically significant handgun and the man, Frank Hurlbut.

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.45 ACP
Barrel Length
5 inch
Frame Finish
Slide Finish
Mfg Part Number
9.00 Pounds