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COLT/JAMES CLARK IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN CAL. .38 SPL WITH 6" BARREL
THIS BEAUTIFUL PISTOL WAS PRODUCED BY James E. Clark - Bullseye Legend, February 15, 1923 - January 7, 2000.
JIM CLARK shot NRA Bullseye Pistol competition for twenty-eight years, finally retiring from competition in 1975. Clark won the National Pistol Championship in 1958 and is the only civilian ever to accomplish this feat. He won the National civilian title five times. He was the fifth man in the U.S. to break 2600 and the fourth to break 2650. But his accomplishments don't end there. He has been fully active in the pistolsmith business since 1950, well known as one of the true innovators of pistol accurizing.
It was in 1947 that a friend invited Clark to shoot in a pistol match. Using an as-issued GI Remington Rand .45 auto and hardball military ammo, Clark chalked up a seventy-eight percent at fifty yards on his first try. Considerably intrigued, he borrowed the needed three guns -- a.22, a .38 Special and an accurized .45 auto -- to enter a registered NRA match. He qualified as sharp shooter and made expert in his second match, master in his third. Many pistol shooters work for grim and dogged years to achieve master rank and a lot of them never make it.
As time permitted, Clark made a number of experiments aimed at improving performance of the .45 ACP Colt. Among the things he discovered was that six inches probably represents the ideal length for the barrel. He began using Douglas barrels that incorporated an integral feed ramp of his own design. The novel concept served two vital purposes: First, it cured a lot of the feeding problems that stem from the juncture between the feed ramp at the upper front of the magazine well and the relieved area at the lower edge-of the chamber. Second, it supported the case head and thus prevented the occasional problem from blown case heads. Clark eventually manufactured such barrels entirely in his own shop.
Another Clark innovation was the long-slide conversion and that came about rather fortuitously. Visiting a war surplus store in Arkansas, Clark came upon an entire oil drum full of GI pistol slides that had been cut in two by the government in the process of deactivating service pistols. Clark bought the entire lot of destroyed slides for a dime apiece and spent the next several years turning them into long slides. With the supply finally exhausted, he had them made from scratch by an outside vendor.
With the advent of bowling pin competition in the mid-Seventies, Clark came upon another area of endeavor. He produced what probably was the first auto pistol expressly designed for that challenging event, As refined and finalized, the Clark pin gun has a coned sleeve at the muzzle extending in front of the slide and the same width. At the
buyer's option, it can have recoil-control vents or it can be plain, with a choice of 5-1/4, 5-3/4, or 6 inch barrel lengths. Several other helpful features can be had such as a bevel around the base of the magazine well, stippled front strap, low-mounted sights by Millett, Bo-Mar or others, extended ejector and a lowered ejection port. This pistol is one of all Jim Clark produced for providing the best posible score in the target shooting competition. The quality of this pistol is exrimelly the highest it could be. Shootind this pistol brings to the shooter alot of confedence in accuracy and alot of pleasure as the action in it soo crispy and not much recoil at all. There are 3 magazines, all of them have arch folovers for better way to get bulet imto the chember, one of the mags is stainless with removable bottom plate, it was designed by James Clark, it could be taken apart for cleaning and sevices. Please check "James E. Clark-Bullsye Legent".
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Handgun Caliber: .38 AMU (rimless .38 Special)
Serial Number: 70S18427
Barrel Length: 6 INCHES
Bore Info: SHINY & BRIGHT
Condition: LIKE NEW
Metal Condition: 99% + ORIGINAL blue
Wood Condition: LIKE NEW
Bore Condition: SHINY AND BRIGHT
Grips: LIKE NEW