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1963 Colt Gold Cup National Match

A Tale of Two Colts, Born 30 Years Apart, and Coming Together 60 Years Later

  • Greg

The year 1963 was marked by several significant events that shaped history. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, the Soviet Union's launch of the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, into space, the Vietnam conflict escalated and the release of The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me." These events collectively shaped much of the socio-political landscape of the 1960s.

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Historical Appreciation and Preservation

Collectors often have a deep interest in the history behind the firearms. Each gun can represent a different era, technological advancement, or significant historical event. This aspect of the hobby involves researching and understanding the context in which the gun was used, its impact on history, and preserving it for future generations.

It's true! Part of the fascination in collecting old guns, is in imagining the history.

1993 was a year of significant global events and transformative moments. In the United States, President Bill Clinton took office. The World Trade Center in New York City was attacked by terrorists with a truck bomb on February 26, foreshadowing future threats. Internationally, the Oslo Accords were signed, as Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization agreed to mutual recognition. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela and President F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in dismantling apartheid. The European Union formally came into existence with the Maastricht Treaty. The year also saw the tragic Waco siege in Texas and the start of the ethnic conflict in Bosnia.

1993 Colt Presentation Gold Cup

1993 Presentation Gold Cup National Match

Technical and Mechanical Interest: Many collectors are fascinated by the engineering and craftsmanship involved in making old guns. This can include the study of different mechanisms, materials, and manufacturing techniques used throughout history.

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Community and Social Engagement

Collecting old guns can bring together individuals who share a common passion. This aspect of the hobby includes participating in gun shows, auctions, and collector groups, where enthusiasts can exchange knowledge, trade or sell firearms, and build friendships. The community aspect also extends to collaborating on restoration projects, sharing resources, and collectively advocating for the preservation of historical firearms.

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My MOS when I served in the United States Army was 76Y. The Military Occupational Specialty of 76 Yankee means that I was a Unit Armorer. While on REFORGER 85, I trained with German Paratroopers and qualified as "Expert" with the German G-3 rifle, the Israeli Uzi 9mm sub-machinegun and the 9mm handgun.

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