Looks like the custom shop version I have -- with ambi safety & case. I didn't know theyHow do you tell whether it's a Novak safety? Both my CQB pistols have ambidextrous safeties and look like that...they're not marked.
Thanks for having the guts to do the tear down and show the safety from all angles, RPD57! It's great to see it... I don't trust myself enough to tear mine down this far without screwing something up, and that roll pin on the right side looks like a "muther" to get out. RPD57's is the lowest serial and out of range of the rest of them, but this appears to be pretty common with Colt to grab left over frames when they start a new variation and I'm guessing RPD57's is the first one made.After speaking with the Octopushighball "Steve" this is a rare variation with the novak ambi safety, bronze finish, CCS pelican case
HOPE HE ADDS MORE INFO
When I see the factory letter, it will give us better where, when, and how many were shipped wth this configuration
The novak ambi safety is marked on the back with a different shape RT side safety than the colt ambi.
Plus it has an external attachment , 1/16" roll pin
GREAT info, Rich! Thanks so much for posting the letter! I got your message and text, BTW, just back in from out of town, will call you tomorrowHere is the factory letter for the Bronze finish M45A1, it's listed as BROWN DECOBOND Coated Stainless
There are several differences on this latest variation coming out of the Custom Shop. 1) Stock Colt ambi safety 2) Checkered front strap 3) Bushing and barrel plug are now IonBonded (technically, DecoBonded, since it is IonBond that is colored anything but black). Having said that, I think this new version is going to make a great shooter and has some great features!