Freedom Arms Model 1997 Premier Grade .45 Colt. From the estate of Tom Siatos, serial number P0853 features a 5.5-inch barrel with ramp front sight, adjustable rear sight, round butt, smooth rosewood grips and a wonderfully-tuned trigger. CONDITION: Bore is pristine and mechanics are perfect. Overall, it remains in at least 99 percent condition with scant evidence of handling and firing. No box or papers. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 plus shipping.