This Colt is a well kept secret. I recently acquired this scarce NIB Colt Metropolitan MK III. The guns came with a 4” heavy barrel and in .38 Special only. Made from 1969 to 1972, little apparently is known about them. It is known that they were supplied to the NYC Police Department and a forum member showed deliveries of 652. They do not show up often and the majority of them appear to be former police guns. I have seen none listed with the original box, but that is likely because most were police guns and the boxes were disposed of upon receipt. It has been said that the original police gun boxes had a red sleeve and a styrofoam insert. It was also said that the civilian guns had a brown sleeve and a styrofoam insert. With this gun, it is a standard Colt box. My gun was made in 1970. Originally, it sold for $69.50. Currently, “sportingshoppe.com” has a used one (without a box) listed for $2,550. I have been unable to find the production figures for this model, but they must be known.