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    Received my archive letter

    After a lengthy wait, I received my archive letter regarding my Colt Officers Model Target .38. It was shipped in February 1940 to the Railway Mail Service in New York City. Special features show it was specified to have a 2 3/4 pound trigger pull. I haven’t tested it on a scale, but can attest the trigger release is beautifully crisp and light. Only one gun in the shipment. I’m not familiar with the Railway Mail Service, but it seems an odd destination to ship a gun. I can see it being shipped BY Railway Mail Service. Guess I’ll have to do some further research, but quite interesting in any case.

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    I can tell that in Canada the two rail lines, CP and CN, all armed their mail car staff with revolvers and shipments went directly to the rail line office quite often. For what its worth. Pilots carrying mail and supplies also received arms, but from a central company armory who purchased and distributed. Usually they were stamped on the heel.
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    The Railway Mail Service was active back in the 1930s and 1940s. The agents sorted the mail while the railway car moved from one location to another. Their sidearm was a Colt Bankers Special and you can see them wearing the holsters in this photo. I am not sure what they used the OMT's for but that's interesting. Can you please post a picture of the gun and another of the Colt letter?

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    Last edited by Mike53; 06-06-2019 at 06:00 PM.

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    That's a first for me. A target model for the mail service. I hope someone here has some insight.

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    Since its a one gun shipment and lacks an order number for a larger quantity, I can only assume that it was a purchase for someone in the New York office.

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    Perhaps the guy that ordered it was on pistol team.

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    how long a wait was it to get your letter?

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    Pistol team gun is what I was thinking. The RR's used fixed sight revolvers.


 
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