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Colt Government Model .45 ACP - Serial Number C187380, WWII Norwegian Resistance History

Ole Tom Nord Collection

Colt Government Model 1911A1 serial number C187380 - A very nice 1937 1911A1 Government Model. After this gun was sent to the British Purchasing Commission and shipped to England, it was issued to an Norwegian naval officer, who after the training in England, during the WWII crossed the sea between Shetland and Norway 54 times, bringing men, gear, guns etc to the Norwegian resistance. The red paint on the top of the slide is a system used by the British to show that a gun took non-standard ammunition.  Battle of Britain Colt .38 Super pistols were also marked in this fashion. (Also see C189723 from same shipment) Both of these pistols were issued to the same officer when he was serving at the MTB(MotorTorpedoBoat) "Hitra". C189723 was issued to him at the MTB "Hessa". This naval officer is still alive and well, living in the western parts of Norway.

Right side detail

The red paint on the top of the slide is a system used by the British to show that a gun took non-standard ammunition.

 

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