This is a unique example of a Colt 9MM Commander Pistol designated: General Officers Pistol M1969. This pistol was one of six Commander Pistols sent by Colt to Rock Island Arsenal for testing and selection of a replacement for the Colt .32 ACP Model M General Officers pistol in 1969. The Colt factory letter that accompanies the pistol states that it was shipped to: "Military Engineering, c/o Robert Tremont at Colt Firearms, Hartford CT" on May 2, 1969. The letter further states: "Records also indicate that those six firearms were scheduled for the General Officer Pistol Project, but no notation was made of the completion of the same.". The pistol has the standard Colt polished blue finish on the sides of the slide and frame and a matte finish on the top of the frame and the front of the frame and grip strap. The barrel is blued with a polished chamber. The pistol is fitted with checkered walnut grips with gold-plated Colt medallions. The left side of the slide has the special markings: "COLT GENERAL OFFICERS PISTOL/M1969 - CAL. 9MM". The right side of the slide is roll-stamped: "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A." in a single line. The right side of the frame is roll-stamped with the serial number: "CS002023" in a single line behind the slide stop hole. A "V" assembler's mark is stamped on the upper left side of the trigger guard bow and the Colt triangle/"VP" proof mark is stamped on the lower left side of the trigger guard bow. The barrel chamber is polished bright and marked: "CAL.9MM.LUGER". The nine-shot, magazine has a blued body and the bottom of the matte finished floor plate is stamped: "COLT/CAL.9MM. LUGER". The pistol is complete with the original wood grained cardboard box with "COLT" in gold letters on the lid. The bottom of the box is marked with the pistol serial number. The box contains: (1) a dated and serial numbered test target, (2) instruction sheet, (3) tan warranty card, (4) detached yellow end label and (5) oiled wrapping paper.
Near new. The pistol retains nearly 99.8% of the bright original blue finish with only very minimal; storage marks. The stocks are in perfect condition. The box, test target, instruction sheet and other material are in good condition with separation in the corners of lid repaired with tape. This is a well-documented example of a very rare Colt Commander Prototype M1969 General Officer's Pistol.
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