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Old 11-02-2002, 09:21 PM   #1
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John Spilborghs

I have a classic long slide heavy ribbed Spielberg gun. I was told by Hans Vang he only made 12 of these, and I was also told by the orignal owner that it was on the cover of Guns back in the mid '70s. How could I verify any of this info? Thanks
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Old 11-03-2002, 06:07 PM   #2
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If you're talking John Spillborgh, try to get a picture up on the 'net.
We'll tell you if it's the real deal. (If it was on the cover of ANYTHING, someone here will know....)
Old 11-04-2002, 10:19 PM   #3
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nope, john speilberg. like the director............he lives in Santa Barbara and drops by Hans Vangs shop fairly regularly. Built a lot of cool 1911s in the 70s and 80s in the style of the Pachmeyer guns that Libenberg (sp?) was so fond of making.
Old 11-05-2002, 10:21 AM   #4
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I lived in Santa Barbara during the 1970's and was president of the old and almost certainly now defunct, Santa Barbara Combat Pistol League.

One of our members was a John Spilbourges (spelling may be a little shaky, but that's how it was pronounced.) John was Belgian, extremely active in IPSC, and was starting to do a fair amount of 'smithing. Never had him do any work on my guns, as I had a good relationship with Jim Hoag.

Just curious if you are absolutely certain that your gun's maker was "Spielberg". I didn't know anyone by that name in Santa Barbara during the time period you mentioned in your post, and my involvement was such that if he was a local shooter I'm confident I would have been familiar with him.
Old 11-05-2002, 02:23 PM   #5
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I memorized all the American Handgunner Mags when I was a kid.

Old 11-05-2002, 03:35 PM   #6
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ok if you guys say so.......but Im calling hans vang to get an affirm on that!!! :-? I cant hear so good anyhow!!!!! :roll:

OK, Hans said you guys are right and I am wrong. His mark is two diamonds with JS in the diamonds on the right hand side. I will take a pic and post it........awesome pistol.
Old 11-05-2002, 04:22 PM   #7
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Glad to hear that John is still around!

Tom, if you should happen to get in contact with him, please convey my regards.
Old 11-05-2002, 07:32 PM   #8
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Yeah, glad to hear it.

I grew up in Santa Barbara, but didn't get into IPSC until I moved to Oregon. Once I read that John was an old toolmaker (which is what I do now) I always had this fantasy of going back and looking for him....I thought his work was beautiful. I would have thought he would have passed by now (should be in his 70's by now....)
Old 11-05-2002, 11:33 PM   #9
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yea, I guess he is pretty old, I dont know him, but he swings by Hans' shop with regularity, if you really want to get ahold of him click on the VANGCOMP.COM link above and give hans a call. Hes a really friendly guy. Plus he makes GREAT shotguns!!!
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Yes the Santa Barbara Combat Pistol League is still up and running every 4 th sat .

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