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My Grandfather's Gun

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A Llama .380 pistol, copy of a 1911 (not sure about the model though) with customized pearl grips that belonged to my grandfather. It's currently in my possession for a little restoration work: re-chroming, replacing some parts, etc, etc.

 

According to my dad, this gun was bought off a solider in the mid-50s. It was only ever fired once by my grandfather. So here's the story:

 

1950's, Dagupan City, Philippines

My grandfather was at the train station, waiting for the bolts of cloth he bought for our shop. When the cargo arrived, some thieves [people who lived by the railroad and made a living by stealing cargo] started moving in to make off with the stuff. My grandfather raised his gun into the air and fired a warning shot. The thieves scattered, and he was able to keep them off until the hired help arrived.

 

I have no way of confirming if this story is true, and my dad is quite the storyteller. However, it certainly gives the gun character, doesn't it? ^_^

 

*I'm liking how the rust and dirt make the pistol look antique-y.

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Taken on November 8, 2009