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Steve McQueen's personal Double Action 1917 Colt .45
This double action Colt .45 was bought from Steve by his friend and fellow actor Mel Novak, who is now selling the weapon.
McQueen fans will recognise Mel from his appearance in the role of boxer 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett's body guard at the beginning of Tom Horn, but the two men originally met four years earlier at the birthday party of their mutual friend Pat Johnson's son, and their friendship lasted until Steve's death.
I recently spoke to Mel and got the story behind how he aquired the weapon, and his reasons for parting with it after so many years. Here below are the details as told by Mel:
|How Mel Aquired the Gun|
|During pre-production for the filming of Apocalypse Now in 1976, the producers were trying to get Steve on board for the starring role.
Writer John Milius called Steve and arranged to meet with him out in the San Fernando Valley to do some Trap Shooting and discuss his potential involvement in the film.
The group present that day at the shooting range consisted
of Steve, Milius, Steven Spielberg, Ken Hyman and Mel.|
Steve hadn't brought a gun, so Mel leant his shotgun to Steve, who in Mel's own words demonstrated exceptional shooting abilities. During the day the two men got to talking about Mel's next acting role, in which he was to play a detective. The role required that he have a weapon which would feature very prominently, and Steve said: "I've got something that would be great for you". Mel later went out to Trancas, where he met up with Steve, surveyed the Colt .45, liked it, and bought it.
Even though neither Steve's involvement in Apocalypse Now or Mel's planned detective role actually eventuated, Mel kas kept this treasured possession in his collection until the present day.
|Steve an Mel on the set of Tom Horn.
||Reason for Selling|
|Mel is an Ordained Minister.
For the past twenty four years he has faithfully ministered on the streets of L.A., and in the chapel services at the Union Rescue Mission, Fred Jordan Mission, L.A. Mission and the Long Beach Rescue Mission. He has also ministered in penitentiaries from San Quentin and Donovan in California, to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon. This ministry work is unpaid, and Mel's proceeds from the sale of the gun will go towards continuing it.
Mel is selling Steve's Colt .45 through ADM, Inc.-ExoticArms for
US $8 200 or best offer. He is also selling his The Lone Ranger Colt .45 replicas which were previously owned and used by the star of The Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore. Email ADM for More Information
You can also visit Mel's website to see information on his mission work, and view pics and video clips from his many film roles: www.melnovak.com