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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - March 2001
Colt Model M "U.S. PROPERTY" .32 ACP
Presented to General Umar Wirahadikusumah
Chief of Staff, Army of the Republic of Indonesia by
General William C. Westmoreland, Chief of Staff 
United State Army, 1971


Photos courtesy of Iqbal Wilis

Colt Model M .32 ACP serial number 567998 Presented in 1971 by General W.C. Westmoreland, Chief of Staff, United States Army to General Umar Wirahadikusumah, Chief of Staff, Army of the Republic of Indonesia - A very unique late military Model M .32 ACP pistol, serial number 567998, with U.S. PROPERTY mark on right side of frame.  Pistol is recorded in the RIA records has having been a "foreign presentation."  Sides of the slide and the thumb safety are finished bright, the high sides of the frame are blued, the trigger guard, front and rear grip straps, top and lower front of slide are parkerized.

Silver inscribed plate in right grip reads:

General Umar Wirahadikusumah
Chief of Staff
Army of the Republic of Indonesia

Silver inscribed plate in right grip reads:

Presented by
General W.C. Westmoreland
Chief of Staff 
United State Army
1971

While it is known that a few of these guns are listed in RIA records as having been presented to foreign dignitaries, this is the first encountered example.

General William C. Westmoreland

 

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