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Here for your enjoyment are a few photos of my Government Model 1911 serial number C 127753 made in 1921. It came with a 1944-dated Boyt Holster inscribed with the owner's name/rank and serial number (assume it's US Army): Lt/Maj H. Michaels 01039471. It's shown with reproduction box and vintage box of Wincheter 230-grain .45 ACP ammo adapted to the Government Model. Per Colt Archive letter this pistol was 1 of 10 shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales NY. NY on February 16, 1921. Are there any on-line resources to get information on Maj. Michaels by tracking his service number?
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Is there any evidence to suggest that he did carry this pistol? A lot of holsters were inscribed with names, and holsters are available at just about any gun show. Did this pistol and holster come from the estate or family of Michaels? Have you even been able to determine who Michaels actually was? If you are starting from scratch with only a pistol and holster with no known history, that may be a real struggle to turn up proof of anything.
 

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Is there any evidence to suggest that he did carry this pistol? A lot of holsters were inscribed with names, and holsters are available at just about any gun show. Did this pistol and holster come from the estate or family of Michaels? Have you even been able to determine who Michaels actually was? If you are starting from scratch with only a pistol and holster with no known history, that may be a real struggle to turn up proof of anything.
At this point I don't think there is established linkage between the pistol and the holster.
 

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Yes, the connection is circumstantial but in many cases you work with what you have. I got the pistol several years ago on Gunbroker or Auction Arms for under a Grand and can't find the original listing (probably too long ago for retention on the sight) and as the saying goes, bought the gun and not the story. I've found on line searchable Official Army Register for WWII years (the data base includes registers for WWI also) and didn't find Michaels listed. Maybe the Registers don't list all officers since they didn't list my two uncles who were WWI and WWII US Army officers even though I have their service records, photos etc. ANyway it'll be an interesting research project.
 
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