Colt Model M .32 ACP serial number 569396
- A late military Model M .32 ACP pistol, parkerized finish, serial number
569396, with U.S. PROPERTY mark on right side of frame and ordnance mark on
left rear frame behind thumb safety.
Pistol was issued to Colonel (0-6) Howard A. Van Auken, a medical doctor
in the U.S. Army. He was a pathologist. Van Aukan served in the South
Pacific during WWII and was stationed in Burma. Col. Van Auken
served in Korea and by Viet Nam he was stationed at Brook Army Hospital, Fort Sam Houston TX,
where he retired.
Pistol was one of 1,000 sold to the United States Government and
shipped January 30, 1945 to the Transportation Officer, Springfield
Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. It was processed on Colt
Factory Order number 4711.
Pistol is in excellent condition and has
the original box (numbered to the gun), instruction sheet, and two spare
full blued magazines. Also accompanying but not original to the
pistol when shipped were a Belgian box of ammo, commercial wire cleaning
brush and brass cleaning brush tip.
U.S. PROPERTY rollmark on
right side of frame.
All items removed from box.
Top of original box for 569396.
Bottom of original box for 569396. Box
is numbered to the pistol.