My Fathers 1911 is Really ONE of a Kind
Going to try and brief this for you itís compelling and impossible to follow.
In 1943 December my dad was in transit from having served in North African Naval Operations to the Pacific. He went thru Hawaii and had a short leave before being assigned a role on an LCS #118. Later LCS #122. In Hawaii he goes to a bar and is recognized by a high school teacher of his. The teacher was injured, lost an arm, and headed home. The teacher was an officer and handed my dad a 1911 and a note. My dad would need to check the 1911 with each commander to keep it, and note made that possible. When the #118 got caught on a beach sand bar in Okinawa the only two firearms left with ammo were the commanders 1911 and my dads. Between them they had 3 rounds left when the tide turned and raised the small ship to safety. That was the worst story my dad told me with some tears. Think of a small war ship out of ammo against a ground force.
In the mid 2000ís my dad traveled to Dublin Ireland for his dual citizenship. With papers from the Irish embassy, our state department and DOJ he was able to import the 1911 to Ireland. He registered it. It became a legal firearm, but months later they changed the law, and it was locked up in a LE office and tough to recover. I inherited the license in 2011. I pressed legally for it and it and it was returned in 2013. I managed to get the paper work to take it back to the states that year. I did not relinquish the license for it in Ireland. Iíve renewed it every year.
When I sailed into Ireland it was on board. No not from CA. I picked it up in Massachusetts from a family member and legally carried it into Ireland and renewed my license that year. Papers from US, Canada, and Ireland necessary for the transport. Because we made stops in Canada that was the worst paper wise. I could not have sailed thru Panama or by Columbia or even Mexico with it. No way,
The license renewal was completed this past week. The super at the Gardas office asked me to tear it down just so he could smile and see it done. Congrats he said. The only legal 1911 in Ireland. ONE of a kind.