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(SFGate)   Al Capone's belongings go for at least $3 million at auction. That should pay off his taxes   (sfgate.com) divider line
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2021-10-14 4:39:28 AM  
Looks like it turned out better than Geraldo's attempt to cash in on old Al.

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2021-10-14 4:42:04 AM  
There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.
 
2021-10-14 5:28:30 AM  
What did they sell his used underbritches for?
 
2021-10-14 5:32:07 AM  
His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich
 
2021-10-14 5:43:17 AM  

KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.


Oooh, we could start with:

Toxic Masculinity


"Can we be the brooding, dark Batmen we imagine ourselves to be? None of us want to do the actual hard work of being brooding, dark, or masculine -- it's just so much easier to join the mob!"


"An Intellectual Defenestration of Jordan Peterson, Goodfellas, and Donald Trump"


"And Casual Criticism of Comic Books & Pop Culture in General"

 
2021-10-14 6:08:25 AM  

ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich


Would have been interesting to know what that watch went for.
Even without the Capone connection & diamonds, a platinum Patek Phillipe pocket watch is worth about $6,000 - $10,000.
 
2021-10-14 6:10:15 AM  

neofonz: ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich

Would have been interesting to know what that watch went for.
Even without the Capone connection & diamonds, a platinum Patek Phillipe pocket watch is worth about $6,000 - $10,000.


Looks like I can answer my own question - $230,000.

https://usa.watchpro.com/al-capones-p​a​tek-philippe-pocket-watch-sells-for-23​0000/
 
2021-10-14 6:57:29 AM  
Was there any syphilis left over?
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2021-10-14 7:34:54 AM  

ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich


They say that Jesse James's widow kept "finding" his favorite pistol and offering it for sale long after his death.
 
2021-10-14 7:45:18 AM  
Someone needs to come up with a catchy term for introducing Trump in a thread. Sort of like Godwin, but relating to Trump/MAGA.
 
2021-10-14 7:47:36 AM  
His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..
 
2021-10-14 7:59:05 AM  

Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..


Where'd you get that, huh?
 
2021-10-14 8:15:37 AM  

Quick and Dirty: KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.

Oooh, we could start with:

Toxic Masculinity
"Can we be the brooding, dark Batmen we imagine ourselves to be? None of us want to do the actual hard work of being brooding, dark, or masculine -- it's just so much easier to join the mob!"
"An Intellectual Defenestration of Jordan Peterson, Goodfellas, and Donald Trump"
"And Casual Criticism of Comic Books & Pop Culture in General"


Of course we do not have batman.  Very few billionaire couples get murdered in front of their only son in a dark alley behind a theater.

If you want Batman you have to first create the conditions to create Batman.  Possibly multiple times until one takes.

A real billionaire would have had bodyguards trailing him.  Unless he couldn't find any because they all refused to work for 14 bucks an hour with no pee breaks.
 
2021-10-14 8:24:55 AM  

Tenga: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Where'd you get that, huh?


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2021-10-14 8:51:10 AM  

winedrinkingman: Quick and Dirty: KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.

Oooh, we could start with:

Toxic Masculinity
"Can we be the brooding, dark Batmen we imagine ourselves to be? None of us want to do the actual hard work of being brooding, dark, or masculine -- it's just so much easier to join the mob!"
"An Intellectual Defenestration of Jordan Peterson, Goodfellas, and Donald Trump"
"And Casual Criticism of Comic Books & Pop Culture in General"

Of course we do not have batman.  Very few billionaire couples get murdered in front of their only son in a dark alley behind a theater.

If you want Batman you have to first create the conditions to create Batman.  Possibly multiple times until one takes.

A real billionaire would have had bodyguards trailing him.  Unless he couldn't find any because they all refused to work for 14 bucks an hour with no pee breaks.


That's a valid and interesting point. I always took the story at face value, but now that you bring it up, wtf were they doing in that back alley, and what kind of salacious movie was Mr. Batman taking his family to!?

I fear this is turning from a PhD thesis into a trash novel, but whatever -- I'm rolling with it.
 
2021-10-14 9:07:52 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: Looks like it turned out better than Geraldo's attempt to cash in on old Al.

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At least Al found something.
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2021-10-14 9:37:59 AM  

KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.


Al wasnt worth 3 dollars alive

But i suppose predators admire other predators in murca
 
2021-10-14 9:38:53 AM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: What did they sell his used underbritches for?


So republicans could sniff and jerk off to them
 
2021-10-14 9:39:58 AM  

ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich


What you said sounds sexual
 
2021-10-14 9:40:52 AM  

Turbo Cojones: ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich

They say that Jesse James's widow kept "finding" his favorite pistol and offering it for sale long after his death.


Suckers be suckers
 
2021-10-14 9:40:53 AM  

Linux_Yes: KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.

Al wasnt worth 3 dollars alive

But i suppose predators admire other predators in murca


That's not limited to America. I wouldn't be surprised if the buyer of the pistol was Putin or a Saudi - tough guy syndrome is a Global issue.
 
2021-10-14 9:41:41 AM  

Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..


Another predator
 
2021-10-14 9:43:05 AM  

Private_Citizen: Tenga: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Where'd you get that, huh?

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Thats what wealthy murcans do with the stock money they stole from labor
 
2021-10-14 10:46:34 AM  

KB202: There's a PhD thesis in there, drawing a straight line from glorification of outlaws and anti heroes to the MAGAt cult.


Word was he was a pretty dim bulb. He's relatable to them.
 
2021-10-14 12:35:38 PM  

Turbo Cojones: ace in your face: His pocket watch is my initials ap I would kill for it. And  I don't even like guns but the idea of owning capones gun is kinda awesome. This is exactly the shiat I would waste money on if I was rich

They say that Jesse James's widow kept "finding" his favorite pistol and offering it for sale long after his death.


She was a smart lady lol. I'm pretty sure the Jesse James museum claims to have it.
 
2021-10-14 5:15:18 PM  

Private_Citizen: Tenga: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Where'd you get that, huh?

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That sure is purdy.
 
2021-10-14 5:16:02 PM  

Linux_Yes: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Another predator


Wat? You pay 850k for a gun like that, you put it in a glass case as a collectable. you don't farking shoot it.
 
2021-10-14 5:43:20 PM  

Kit Fister: Private_Citizen: Tenga: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Where'd you get that, huh?

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That sure is purdy.


Stippling looks like a child did it, the grip screws are not at 12:00, it has a weird ass trigger shoe, the tall front sight would ruin any draw.  I did find a better pic and the engraving is pretty sweet.  Would be cooler were it a Super 38.

Even the gott dam NRA museum knows to use gloves when they handle old firearms.
 
2021-10-14 6:46:30 PM  

Turbo Cojones: Kit Fister: Private_Citizen: Tenga: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Where'd you get that, huh?

FTA:
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That sure is purdy.

Stippling looks like a child did it, the grip screws are not at 12:00, it has a weird ass trigger shoe, the tall front sight would ruin any draw.  I did find a better pic and the engraving is pretty sweet.  Would be cooler were it a Super 38.

Even the gott dam NRA museum knows to use gloves when they handle old firearms.


Thing about this gun is, I don't think this would be a gun that Capone would've ever carried.

The sights on it are, near as I can tell going through my history books on the 1911 pistol, very early Colt marksmanship/match sights, similar to this example from 1918:

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They were an option, but you'd want them on a gun you were planning to use on the range for accuracy. They were not likely designed to be rugged or practical for carry.

Here are some better pictures of the gun, too:

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The frame itself isn't stippled, it's actually checkered, and that checkering is correct for what was possible with gunsmith tools at the time. You can see it's right in line with other parts of the early era for the 1911:

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The checkering was likely done with a hand-checkering file, which is never as neat, even with a jig, as a machine checkering job.


The trigger shoe is an add-on ACE/FLAIG #3:

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These type of clamp-on trigger shoes were not unheard of on early marksmanship/target pistols as they gave a more uniform, even trigger face for proper finger placement to ensure better accuracy.  They also tended to help prevent the firearm going off target because of uneven pressure when being pulled. This was especially needed because they early 1911 triggers were narrow and achieving the proper finger placement for accuracy, along with the proper even rearward pull, was very difficult.

In later national match guns, the wider trigger was a factory development that included an actual wider triggerthat had a larger trigger surface.

To be fair, however, trigger shoes like this are actually quite common today on modern bullseye/target rifles and pistols for precisely the same reasons regarding finger position, pressure, and engagement.

As far as the grip screws not being perfect? Well, ever try to set up grip screws to be perfectly aligned? It's a pain in the ass. You have to very carefully machine the screws and the screw bushings so that the screw will reach the correct torque on the grip at the proper position. This means that each screw is mated to the bushing it screws into.  It's also mated to the material of the grips being used when you do the job.  Put the screws into the grips in the wrong holes/out of order, the clocking won't be perfect.  Tighten the screws down tight over a long period of time? the grip material will compress and the clocking won't be perfect. Overtorque the screw in the bushing a lot over time? the steel will tend to slightly deform and the clocking won't be perfect.

The gun is in beautiful condition and I doubt Capone, or anyone else, has shot the thing much. In fact, I'd be surprised if it had more than 1k rounds through it over its entire lifetime.

It is quite a nice piece representing the smithing and custom-building abilities and parts of the day.

As far as 38 Super, that was introduced in 1929, though I doubt Colt made any match/target pistols like this in the caliber. It would be interesting if it was built to use it though.

All this said, I have, sitting in my parts cabinet, a take-off original Colt Government slide of exactly this same vintage with the same sights on it, though it's had a custom slide bar attached to the top that evens the deck between the rear sights and the front.  It's also a verywell used piece, and shows signs of having probably 50-60k rounds through it its life on a target pistol.

No engraving, but it has the beautiful high-polish bluing.

I should see if I have a spare 1911 frame laying around and build a vintage nat'l match parts gun.

/gunsmith
 
2021-10-14 6:49:33 PM  
Also, you're right, the jackass in the original picture should be handling it with cotton gloves, just like any other museum piece.
 
2021-10-14 8:50:50 PM  

Kit Fister: Linux_Yes: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Another predator

Wat? You pay 850k for a gun like that, you put it in a glass case as a collectable. you don't farking shoot it.


No

Predators admire other predators so they buy their personal items to admire and tell their friends about.  Not to shoot it

To admire it
 
2021-10-15 8:00:31 AM  

Kit Fister: Also, you're right, the jackass in the original picture should be handling it with cotton gloves, just like any other museum piece.


I would call it a museums piece not so much for the provenance, but because it's a nice old Colt.
 
2021-10-15 8:36:54 AM  

Turbo Cojones: Kit Fister: Also, you're right, the jackass in the original picture should be handling it with cotton gloves, just like any other museum piece.

I would call it a museums piece not so much for the provenance, but because it's a nice old Colt.


INdeed.
 
2021-10-15 8:38:04 AM  

Linux_Yes: Kit Fister: Linux_Yes: Private_Citizen: His favorite .45 went for over 850k. I wonder who the buyer was ..

Another predator

Wat? You pay 850k for a gun like that, you put it in a glass case as a collectable. you don't farking shoot it.

No

Predators admire other predators so they buy their personal items to admire and tell their friends about.  Not to shoot it

To admire it


...And some people buy firearms like this because they're beautiful historical pieces.  Grow up.
 
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