It’s right next door, no travel time really, and the Pro Arms Invitational is sponsored by some great folks who do a podcast where I’m usually one of the regulars. My match schedule has been tanked by work this year and I’ve missed many that I usually attend.I want to test at least one feature pistol on the clock for Complete Book of Handguns, and today I’m carrying the Colt Gold Cup .45 ACP, since concealed carry is part of my usual testing protocol.An IPSC target goes up backwards, presenting its white back to me, similar to the steel silhouette from Action Target that will be on tomorrow’s long-range menu.I settle down at the Stable Table that dwells on my 100-yard bay, and squeeze off five shots.Seldom seen box and only the second one I have ever offered. Black Powder, 2-pc box w/ later type top label dating to 1903-1906 but side-seal label dtd 3-19.(Giles & Shuey, pg 112, top right). This was the last box found in an original factory sleeve of 5 bxs. Great loading for an otherwise somewhat sluggish old round with Blk Pwdr origins. The Blk Pwdr box itself dates to the late-'Teens and is very solid w/ no seam problems. Plus, though the bottom seams have been pasted back, the box remains factory-SEALED! While not discernable in the pic, the headstamp on the cartridge picture shows only UMC.Very clean, solid box w/ only the slightest rub on ctdg pic. The sleeve (not shown) is torn & not all there but you're welcome to it. This cartridge made the old lever guns into competitors with much more modern guns (2200 fps vs 1325 fps)! This is the only such box I have ever owned, or even seen, like this! By the early-'Teens, that had changed to REM-UMC, the headstamp that continued through the 1950s.The 1st and ONLY definitive work on cartridge boxes, covering all the calibers for which Winchester cataloged their rifles, from the Volcanic to the Model 88.
The Colt is loaded now with 185-grain JHP, which it has shot five for five into 2 inches at 25 yards. Blued barrel - Left side of barrel marked "COLT 45 AUTO" and "P" on lug. This marking appeared on barrels from approximately 933,000 through end of production Colt wide-spur short hammer and rear sight. Drewry, Springfield Ordnance District, Army Inspector of Ordnance, June 17, 1942 to July 15, 1945. The "G" marking is for Government Production order.We recently had a visitor looking for the date of manufacture (DOM) of his Colt Python with a low serial number beginning with the KT prefix.He called Colt at 1-800-962-COLT and they informed him that the DOM was 1991. "You made a statement that CNC machining had an impact on the possible quality or value of guns made after 1965.
The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955 as Colt's top-of-the-line model. Pythons produced from 1955 to 1969 have no letter in the serial number and are the most desirable to collectors.