A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A "Chromed Out" Colt

After work today, I drew some money out of the bank. I then took a drive to make a new friend and purchase a pistol that I had long hoped I would someday find. The pistol in question is a S&W sighted Colt 1911 built by the founder of Clark Custom, Jim Clark Sr.

In my neck of the woods, Jim Clark Sr. is still a legend, fondly remembered by many friends and associates. Owning a pistol crafted by his hands is being a caretaker of a small part of his legacy. I'm honored, and I plan to shoot the fire out of this gun. More later......

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Anonymous mike100 said...

Oooooh...I probably would have had to have it too. You might have to pass over a couple of revolver purchases, but it is a Colt.

anyways I just have to have a 1911 with revolver sights too. around here, Swenson guns were like that and my old gunsmith used to work under him. Muy first colt actually has welded up bbl sides.

I'm thinking to send my extra 1991a1 to Yost for a package with s&w sights.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious, I was wondering whether the pistol was outfitted with Clark's slide guide (the locking set screws in the housing welded to the lower front of the receiver).

I know of a Norinco 1911A1 that ended up at the Clark shop. Before it went in, the pistol made nice ... patterns. Afterwards, tight groups.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The slide glide came about 20 years after this pistol, I think. This one is classic early Jim Clark work, depending on barrel fit to make the groups.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

Oh yeah. The Clark compund is just east of Shreveport, on Shootout Lane? I shot a 3-gun match there, in August. Real nice folks, humid weather.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Dan from Madison said...

Please forgive what may be an idiotic question from a relative newbie, but how did Clark mount the rear sight on the slide so it wouldn't come out of alignment after repeated firings? Welding I suppose. I guess if you plan on posting photos those will be worth a thousand words.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous texascarl said...


6:47 AM  
Anonymous Billy Sparks said...

At one point I owned a Browning High Power with S&W revolver sights. It trully was a pleasure to shoot, but then money problems reared it's ugly head and I had to get rid of it...sigh...good snag XB.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to run across a good deal on a legendary piece. Looking forward to a range report...

Keith in Cowtown

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier, and fellow gun collectors, just how many guns are you going to purchase in your lifetime? Don't get me wrong, I've got a list 10 deep, but I'm new to the firearm universe and have just barely scratched my list of must have's such as a shotgun, .22's, couple of mil surplus etc. Not to say your habit is bad, since your site is one of my favorite to visit and read about old revolvers and such, but don't you get scolded from your significant other for all your expensive acquisitions? I'd love to spend $500 a month on guns, but that 's just not going to happen. Well, maybe you've got an ideal situation to allow you your habit, wish I could share the same problem.

Keep up the excellent blogging, top notch stuff. Mr. C

4:54 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The rear sight is attached with a screw and a roll pin.
The only person who is still doing this is Ted Yost with his Retro Package. Yost apparently uses a screw.

It is amazing how well the sight works, and how nice it looks on a 1911.

7:46 PM  

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