For me, one of the many bonuses of this gunwriter business has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with a number of the firearm enthusiasts of an earlier generation; legendary figures such as Frank Hamer Jr., Bill Jordan, Bill Toney, Col Walter Walsh and the subject of this column: COL Rex Applegate.
Even Colt’s diminutive .380 ACP found its way to war. Here's an example of the Model 1908 General Officer's pistol, used by Brig. Gen. Ridgely Gaither in WWII.
Sometimes you need a bad gun for everything you’re afraid to do with the great gun in your collection.