Colonel Rex Applegate was a long time resident where I live here in Southern Oregon and I would see him set up at local gun shows many a time when I was much younger. I never knew nor could I appreciate that he was a BIG deal at the time. I'm talking when I was in my teens doing shows with my dad and I am a bit past my teens now. I did talk with him on occasion but only chit chat. Once we were talking about knife fighting and his words to me were, "The best knife fighting tools you have are your two feet... Just haul ass as fast as you can because there are no winners in a knife fight!" I never purchased any of his little trinkets he had or bought his books he would sell and I have always regretted it. So at the last Oregon Arms Collectors show I had an opportunity to pick up this pistol that came from his estate. I over paid for it but sometimes the heart overrules the head.