Aircrewman Model Revolver
1951; serial number 2689LW
Stamped: PROPERTY OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
Manufacturer: Colt's Manufacturing Company
The Aircrewman Model is one of the rarest and most intriguing revolvers Colt ever manufactured. In 1951, the United States Air Force contracted with Colt to produce a snubnose double-action revolver with a frame and cylinder made of aluminum alloy. The revolver featured silver Air Force medallions on the grip, a stamp reading "Property of the U.S. Air Force" on the backstrap, and a special Air Force identification number on the butt. Approximately 1,189 revolvers were shipped, but concerns over the weakness in the aluminum-alloy cylinder caused the Air Force to return the entire lot. All of those revolvers were accounted for and subsequently destroyed. Nevertheless, a few managed to survive. Serial number 2689LW appears to have never been shipped to the government and was subsequently retained by Colt as a sample.
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