MacMurray says he shared the photos and story behind the gun with some historical groups before posting them to social media. “You had hell in your hands," said one person who saw the photos. What could illicit such a response? The pistols was carried by a soldier who was, undoubtedly, killed by shrapnel at the Siege of Bastogne, a seven-day battle lasting from December 20 to December 27, 1944. It was part of the larger and more famous Battle of the Bulge.