Item #: SCP-305
Object Class: Safe/Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-305 is to be kept in a locked safe-deposit box at Site 19's High Value Item Storage Facility. Standard positive-action defenses (explosive, chemical, biological, and memetic) are to be in place at all times, according to standard operating procedure. Under no circumstances is the box to be opened.
Should SCP-305's containment be breached, a Class-D personnel shall be assigned to retrieve SCP-305, place it in a new safe-deposit box, and return it to High Value Items Storage. Said personnel shall be terminated immediately upon completion of the task in order to prevent any complications.
Description: SCP-305 is a first-run Colt Model 1911 pistol chambered for .45 caliber, originally manufactured for the U.S. Army in 1911, serial number ██████████████████. Aside from normal wear and tear from use and age, the weapon is in remarkably good condition and still fires accurately.
Contact with SCP-305 causes the subject to fixate upon a traumatic event, no matter how trivial, from their past. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Vivid dreams reliving the event.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Personality Changes.
- Heightened Stress Levels.
The psychological effects of SCP-305 invariably prove fatal, although the timeframe varies from ten seconds to over three years. 100% of all victims, however, will eventually take their own lives by various means, ranging from defenestration to SCP-305 itself. Because several of these incidents have caused deaths to innocent bystanders as well, it is required that any personnel exposed to SCP-305 be immediately terminated.
Addendum: Circumstances of Acquisition: SCP-305 was retrieved from the "Haunted Evidence Locker" at the Precinct 21 office of the New York Police Department. When recovered, SCP-305 had caused the deaths of over half a dozen officers who handled the item during normal evidence inventory procedures. Agent J█████ K██████ recovered the artifact with the help of D-Class Personnel Lawrence Oliver L█████. Said D-Class personnel was terminated at the end of the month.
Investigation of SCP-305 has revealed a string of over one hundred owners over the past ██ years, all of whom eventually died either by suicide, or under mysterious circumstances. Unfortunately, all records cease with a pawn shop owner named K███ L███████, who recieved the item from "a haggard, pale man," according to his personal journal. Said seller claimed the weapon originally belonged to a "Charles Whittlesey." This is believed to be Lieutenant Colonel Charles White Whittlesey, Medal of Honor recipient and commander of the "Lost Battalion" during the First World War. Lt. Col. Whittlesey is presumed to have committed suicide on November 26, 1921, by jumping over the side of the SS Toloa. Several letters to his loved ones were found in his room.