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Colt Model 1909 .45 ACP - Serial Number 18

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Colt Model 1909 Serial Number 18 - The model 1909 was a very low production gun shipped as a test gun to various destinations between 1910 and 1911. It is a prototype model incorporating many of the features that were carried forward to the model that eventually became the Model 1911.

There were just 23 of these guns manufactured from serial number "0" to serial number "22". As prototypes, they were shipped to a few destinations for various tests and evaluations. Serial number 7 was shipped three times, first on March 19, 1910 to Col. John T. Thompson [from 1907 to 1914, Thompson was the Senior Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, and later was the inventor of the Thompson Submachine gun] (along with 5, 7, 8,12, 15, 19-21 (loan - ret'd)), second on May 9, 1911 the gun was again shipped to Albert Foster, Jr. (Foster was Colt's New York Agent.) with 4, 5, 7, 14,17, 19, 21 and then finally on May 25, 1911 from Albert Foster, Jr. to C.N. Daly along with 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14,16, 19, 21. (this may have been a retail sale.)

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