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I believe it is still owned by a gentleman in Connecticut.


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Sorry, Dean, my co-author on the article was Mark Conrad, not Austin. As I recall, Austin took the photos at the Southern, but did not give himself credit in the article. Mark did the extensive records research. The PP issue was Autumn 2007, Volume 14, issue 3. Unfortunately, the gold balls at the breech are not pictured. This is because Mark had only Austin's photos to research the actual gun and the photos did not include a picture of the "gold balls". The gold balls are enormous and cannot be described as "beads".

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Good tread, many years ago I had a #2 or 3 LC Smith that had 2 gold spots behind the standing breech. May they have been the remains of something like this?


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Thanks Bill - I’ll look it up again using Mark’s name as a keyword.

I distinctly remember the gold beads and the speculation as to their purpose among the small group gathered around you and your Gold Hearts gun.

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OK, I found a thread on the PGCA forum where great pictures of the Gold Balls on the breech of the Gold Hearts are posted. The subforum is "General Parker Discussions" and the thread is "Speaking of the Gold Hearts Gun". It was active earlier today, March 4, so you don't have to look far.

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Got it Bill - Thanks.

Incidentally, your article with Mark Conrad in Parker Pages in 2007 was two years before my ten-year stint as editor.



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Drew,

Being an engineer makes you see things differently some times.

I believe they were functional and used to set the gun on a flat surface, with the pins across the balance points, to allow for fast acquisition during her routine.

Maybe a photo will surface to give credence to my hypothesis! Lol

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Interesting hypothesis Will.

This is Annie c. 1920 at Pinehurst with Dave. Several guns are on the table. Hard to tell definitively, but 2 look to be rib up and others on their sides


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I once read an interesting account of one of Annie's European tours. I don't recall the date, but she was currently in France. At that time all ammunition was manufactured by the "Government" & any other was not allowed to be brought in. Her husband, Frank Butler, loaded all her shells for her. The French powder was very erratic & patterns were not consistent so her shooting was sub-normal. One day a large box arrived from England marked eggs, which had of course been opened & inspected. The box was indeed full of eggs, packed in a granular substance to prevent breakage. An accompanying letter said, try the packing in your gun I think you will like it. A friend seeing her dilemma had the eggs shipped, packed in English Shultz gunpowder. Her shooting immediately picked up dramatically.

Sorry about that Ted, but French is not always the BEST. This also shows the dangers of giving the Government too much control.


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