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Colt long-slide in .45 ACP by Bud Price (Western Gun Exchange) out of Miami…no not Florida, Miami Oklahoma. This gun was made in 1983 for a well known competitive shooter in West Virginia. I made his acquaintance by happenstance (that’s a lie, I stalked him) and after a lot of cajoling, I talked him into selling me one of his Bud Price guns. He had five. I first learned about Price in an American Handgunner article from March/April 1980. I didn’t think much of it until I read an internet thread where Ed Brown posted that he thought Price was one of the best kept secrets of the time. This slide was welded up to its current configuration by Bill North— one of the few (besides Hoag or Clark) who could or would. The owner sent the slide to Price and the rest is history as they say. It features a mated (very rare) S&W 6” NM barrel that the owner obtained from his friend Ken Hackathorn’s personal stash, low mount Bomar, Swenson safety, hand checkered frame and trigger guard, surgical slide to frame fit, checkered hammer Nastoff style, Behlert oversized mag release, Metaloy hard chrome, I could go on for days. The original owner never shot it in competition, because soon after it was built, comp guns became all the rage, so the long slides fell out of favor. Grips are old school Hogues until I am able to source Spegels.

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