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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - June 2017
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP
Military Presentation by General William Westmoreland to
Lt. Gen Willem Van Rijn, Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief,
Royal Netherlands Army, 1971
 

Courtesy Nationaal Miltair Museum
Verlengde Paltzerweg 1 3768 MX Soest, Netherlands

Military Presentation Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP US Property marked serial number 567162 - Colt .32 presented by General William Westmoreland to the Dutch Chief of Staff in 1971. Pistol is a parkerized variation that's had the sides polished and blued.  The trigger, thumb safety and magazine release are nickel plated and the checkered walnut stocks that lack Colt medallions have been inlet with two plaques which bear the following presentation inscriptions:

Left stock plate: LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLEM VAN RIJN / CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF / ROYAL NETHERLANDS ARMY

Right stock plate: PRESENTED BY / GENERAL W.C. WESTMORELAND / CHIEF OF STAFF / UNITED STATES ARMY / 1971

The lid of the case is marked: LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLEM VAN RIJN / Chief of the General Staff and Commander in Chief / Royal Netherlands Army. The case is made of wood, with a brown leather top.

Willem van Rijn (29 December 1915 - October 20, 1997) was a Dutch military general. From 1972 until his departure in 1973, he served as the chairman of the United Nations Chiefs Committee, the highest military adviser to the minister. (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_van_Rijn)

Military Presentation Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP US Property marked serial number 567162 - Colt .32 presented by General William Westmoreland to the Dutch Chief of Staff in 1971 showing the open case in its entirety.

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