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    Colt SSP...

    I happened to run across this story posted online a couple of days ago on the SSP Colt made a small number of...not a lot of information but still a handgun little is known about. https://www.shootingillustrated.com/...that-got-away/
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    There was a recent discussion of the SSP here on the Forum. In my opinion, had Colt produced and marketed (and further developed) the SSP instead of the All American 2000 during the "Wonder 9" era, Colt might be a far bigger and healthier company today.

    The author says that an SSP shows up occasionally on the online auction sites. I have never seen one show up there, but the high-end auction houses have offered one now and then. (Maybe it is the same one being resold over and over?) The last one was just sold recently, but I do not recall the house or the selling price.

    The SSP might have been Colt's savior, but we will never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeColt View Post
    The SSP might have been Colt's savior, but we will never know.
    Colt still would have found a way of screwing up the opportunity. They have always been near bankrupt and a "day late/dollar short" to their own game.

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    The only SSP I've ever seen was at the Smithsonian Museum of Technology and American History. It was in their arms section years ago...for all I know the display has since been changed.
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    Good article thanks for sharing it.
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    There have been several SSP's auctioned in recent years. The Colt Archives auction in 2009 featured two: serial number GX826 (complete gun) sold for $4750 and serial number GX9714 (frame and slide only) sold for $700. A couple more complete guns showed up in Rock Islands auction in April 2018. They were: serial number GX27411 which sold for $11,000 and serial number GX9730 which sold for $10,000. Another one appeared in RIA's sale in September 2018; it was serial number GX9778 and it sold for $8625. The incomplete gun (frame and slide), serial number GX9714, is up for sale again in RIA's May auction. It is lot number 807. GX9730 is back again, too, on the second day of the sale. Oddly, it is being offered with an Archive letter from 1991 and not the one from the Greg Martin sale which would have been dated 2008. Peculiar!

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    Here is a picture of the SSP that was at the RIA display at the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show in January:

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    What a handsome pistol!
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    I'm not a fan of slide mounted safeties but if Colt had marketed that pistol to law enforcement and the public the company might be in a much stronger financial position than it is. But...the "what ifs" don't matter as they don't change anything. The history is what it is...lost opportunities and short sightedness.
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    I also have always thought the SSP was a handsome looking pistol, at least based on the pictures I've seen. Consider that stainless steel for pistols was still pretty new at the time, with S&W's model 60 revolver in stainless coming out in 1965. I think the first semi-auto made by S&W in stainless was the model 59, which came out in 1971. Slide safeties were popular then, and manufacturers were still working out the particulars of stainless steel. I seem to recall the AMT Hardballers, which came out in the late 70s, tended to have issues with galling (surfaces getting rougher with wear) until they tweaked the steel recipe.

    Compared to the S&W boat anchor pistols at the time, I think the SSP looks much nicer and cleaner. If they'd put them into production, I'd probably have bought one. Heck, if they made one like that right now, I'd probably do the same.
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    The Smith & Wesson Model 59 has an alloy frame and a carbon steel slide and related parts, NOT stainless steel. I think the first stainless Smith & Wesson pistols were the Models 639 and 659 introduced in 1981-1982 as I recall, which were the stainless versions of the Models 39 and 59 that added a firing pin safety to the design.

    I do not think AMT ever changed its stainless steel alloys, or at least not for quite a while. As I recall, AMT recommended special lubricants ("Lubriplate" as I recall) to prevent galling of the rails.
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