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    Elvis Presley Owned and Fired Colt Python Double Action Revolver with Colt Factory Letter and Joe Esposito COA. Serial no. E13450, .357 magnum caliber, 6-inch barrel with ventilated rib and target sights. Blued finish. Checkered walnut grips with Colt medallion. Condition: Excellent with slight handling and storage wear. Grips great. Action crisp. bright bore.
    Included with this handgun is an official Colt Factory Letter showing that this weapon was shipped on July 17, 1970, to a police equipment company in Palm Springs. Elvis, Priscilla, and Lisa Marie had moved into their mansion in Palm Springs earlier that year. Elvis was well known in the area as a gun shopper. Also included is an Affidavit and Certificate of Authenticity signed by Presley's friend Joe Esposito stating, in part: "One of Elvis Presley favorite guns to target practice in the backyard of Graceland with the 'Old Smokehouse' as a bullet stop was this Colt Python, 357 magnum, CTG Serial # E 13450. He liked it because the gun didn't have a big kick. It is a very smooth gun for target practice. This gun was given to me by Elvis A Presley, as one of the many gifts he gave me over the years."
    Elvis' fascination with guns is legendary and started very early in his life. He was in the R.O.T.C. in high school which likely had an influence on his later passion. In 1956, he was given a .410 gauge Winchester shotgun for skeet shooting by a friend in Biloxi. In the early years at Graceland, he was known to keep a Colt .45 automatic for protection and he set up a shooting gallery there for target practice. While in the Army, he earned Sharpshooter badges for the .45 caliber pistol and M1 rifle as well as a Marksman badge for the M2 carbine. He regularly carried a gun (or guns) throughout the rest of his life; he gave Priscilla a derringer to carry and he encouraged the members of his entourage to arm themselves. From 1964, his official appointment as a Shelby County Deputy Sheriff made it legal for Presley to carry arms. By the late 1960s, Elvis was often armed even while on stage. His interesting reputation for shooting out television screens purportedly began in Las Vegas in 1969. He was known to shoot at a TV if he didn't like the performer onscreen or even if the sound was too loud. The 1970-1971 period is when he stepped up his purchasing of guns, sometimes buying dozens at a time, keeping some and giving others to friends and even strangers. This is when Presley bought his first Colt Python. It was one of his favorite weapons for target practice because it didn't have a big kick. For some lucky Elvis fan, it would certainly be a big kick to be the high bidder on this historic revolver. COA from Joe Esposito. FFL REQUIRED.

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    August, 2012
    14th Tuesday
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