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Reply #15 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 3:23am
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Reply #16 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 1:47pm
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What an incredible single-shot pistol! ... and with a Pope barrel ... amazing ...
  
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Reply #17 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 1:53pm
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That's a sweetheart Terry! Beautiful case too! I get weak in the knees for cased gun sets!
  

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Reply #18 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 1:58pm
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Tell us more about this fabulous pistol! Is it factory engraved and original, more about the case? 
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Reply #19 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 5:52pm
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I found it at the monthly gun show at the IFES Hall in Walnut Creek, Ca in 1963 or 1964.  It was on the sign in table with a $75 price tag; I bought it, then noticed the name J E Gorman scratched through the blue on the Pope barrel.  "Trader", who ran the show, said the lady that sold it to him said "her grandfather won a gold medal with it at the 1908 Olympics".  We joked about the story being a typical one, for which neither of us was willing to pay extra.

Several month to a year later I received a call from Ivan Hart, who knew I had the pistol.  He told me to come to the show in San Francisco as he had something I "needed".  It was a copy of "Bullet Holes" by Douglas Wesson, essentially a hard bound advertising piece on competitive use of S & W handguns.  I think I paid him the same $75 the pistol cost.  Many pictures of J E Gorman and the notation that the team won a gold medal with Gorman being high man on the team.

A year of two later, Flayderman offered a gold medal from the 1908 Olympics; it is actually from .22 rifle competition, but close enough for my purposes! I think it was ten times the book or pistol.

In the mid-1970s, the late Lynton McKensie engraved it in a style popular in England in1908.  Stephen Alexander made the case.  James Tucker and Monty Mandarino each made a set of one piece grips.  I can't remember the name of the tool maker, but he died about 30 years ago, so he probably won't be insulted.

At one point, my collection included over 300 pieces.  This is the only one either  of my sons wants to keep.  Generation gap!


  

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