A 12 gauge High Standard Riot 18-7 Model K-120 pump action shotgun,
SN3028450, 12 gauge. 18 inch barrel. Blued finish. Oil-finshed walnut stock and grooved slide. Right side of buttstock with plaque inscribed
Condition: As new.
"In the summer of 1969, Charles Manson and his "family" committed the Tate/LaBianca murders that rocked Los Angeles, and the world, creating a fear amongst local Los Angelinos that changed the atmosphere of the City. Later, it was announced that Steve McQueen was on Manson's "kill list." Not taking any chances, I purchased the shotgun for the Solar Productions' office in Studio City, as we were not located at a studio and had no security. It was 1970, and Steve was in France with the rest of the Solar staff, shooting 'Le Mans'. I was alone in the office.
I met with the District Attorney's staff and attended Manson's trial, so was able to see Manson and his family up close. The look in Manson's eyes was terrifying.
When Steve returned from France, he spotted the High Standard shot gun in my office. He commented that it was perfect for the character he was portraying in 'The Getaway', which was to be produced by Solar. Steve borrowed the shotgun, and when the filming was over returned it to me in Los Angeles. I have never used the gun; the powder in the gun barrel is from 'The Getaway' filming." -- Bill Maher, Corporate Vice President of Solar Productions and Financial Advisor to Steve McQueen from 1969 to his death.
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