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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2010 - Page 58

Duke did give engraved handguns a try as with this Colt SAA .45 and Colt Model 1877DA, but ended up selling them. Customs! “ Keep Your FAncy Duke feels these 1873-1973 Peacemaker Centennial .44-40s fitted with grips of bison bone satisfy his entire need for any flashiness in his shooting life. Duke doesn’t despise engraved handguns. In fact he got a couple of USFA .44-40s for he and Yvonne, but they are shooters first and “art” second. Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino Regular Make MINE ” Editor’s Note: It seems Taffins article (“I Gotta’ Be Me,” May/ June 2010) about his penchant for customizing handguns struck a chord with Duke — and Duke doesn’t necessarily agree. “ gotta be me.” That’s good. We all should do that. Don’t just say it — do it! But know your “do it” attitude might not be someone else’s cup of tea. And in this case, customizing just isn’t for me … but read on before you start writing letters to His Editorship. John you need to quit worrying about what Elmer did nearly 100 years ago and what he would think. Elmer was 58 I a grand old guy. I know because in 1973 I spent a couple hours at his home visiting with him. He was gracious and kind to a fledgling gun writer with only a halfdozen printed articles to his credit. But he’s been gone nearly three decades now. Accept it. Move on! My opinion isn’t that custom handguns are bad; and believe me, I appre- ciate the talent and metal working skill that goes into making them. I just don’t have much need for them. Way back in the ’70s I did not “customize” that Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum like you mentioned. I merely had its barrel cut off 2" so it WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2010

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