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    Early Colt Commando with Letter...

    I picked up a three digit serial # Commando a while ago but never got a letter from the Colt historian. Well I rectified that recently and discovered that my revolver was shipped to the Curtis Key Co. in Euclid , Ohio in late December 0f '42. The Curtis Co. manufactured machines for making keys but suspended those operations and switched to unspecified war production. With their factory setup they could have made anything from shoelace aglets to Norden bomb sights. The company's main plant was in Cleveland and I think the Euclid location must have been rather small since the December order consisted of only a single Commando. Well here are some pics.

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    COLT COMMANDO LETTER A..jpgCommando8.jpegCommando9.jpgCommando7.jpegCommando6a.jpeg

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    Nothing wrong with that. I like it! Anything for the war effort was important.

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    Very cool!!!!!! A Commando from those year, in that condition,is on my list one day...

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    Very nice. And rare.

    The low number and the end-of-year date shows just how few Commandos actually left the factory in 1942.

    Quote Originally Posted by LenS View Post
    .... I think the Euclid location must have been rather small since the December order consisted of only a single Commando.


    I think it's more likely they ordered one as a sample.

    Attached: From a 1965 company brochure. I suspect their contribution to the war effort may have been from their "automotive replacement parts".
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    Last edited by Absalom; 10-10-2019 at 09:22 PM.
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    Looks almost like the same polish on the right side of the frame behind the recoil shield as the 1917 Colts.


 

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