My Trusty Old .45

Another of my favorites from a long time ago


As a kid growing up, one of my favorite shows was a realistic World War 2 action series called “Combat!”.

Sergeant Saunders (Vic Morrow) was my hero and his adventures with Kirby, Little John, Cage and Lieutenant Hanley and Doc. The series ran form 1962 to 1967 which is pretty remarkable since the actual war in Europe lasted less than a year. Interestingly enough, the platoon never actually made it out of France in the whole five years.


The part that I really loved about the show was the weapons. You could get a real sense of the war from the scenes where the platoon fought harsh battles with overwhelming forces of Germans. Week after week, you could see the ability and limitations of those guns. From the Thompson to the M1 Garand, each weapon played its role. But none seemed more important than the trusty old .45 that Saunders…

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  1. One of my favorite shows, and weapons as well. I seem to remember that the last time we bought 1911A1s to be technical was 1942, no wonder they were worn out. I knew a lot of AF Security Police (not LE) who had theirs rebuilt, on their own dime. Something about wanting to hit what they shot at. 🙂

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