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Colt Super .38 - Serial Number 37255 U.S. Government Contract, OSS Shipment

M. Dolfi Collection

Super .38 serial number 37255 - There was a U.S. Government contract for two shipments of Super .38 pistols totaling 400 pistols.  This pistol was one of 376 shipped July 20, 1945 in the second shipment to Warehouse & Property Officer, Military Administrative & Supply Division for the OSS. It was processed on Colt Factory Order Number 5295. The pistol is "furnished with a new safety device," known to collectors as the Swartz Safety. 

Pre-war Colt Super .38 serial number 37255 - the only military markings on these guns are the G.H.D. mark on the left side of the frame near the trigger and the ordnance wheel on the right side of the frame.

Super .38 serial number 37255 - left side

Super .38 serial number 37255 - G.H.D. inspector's mark for Brigadier General Guy H. Drewry, Army Inspector of Ordnance from June 17, 1942 to July 15, 1945 at the Springfield Ordnance District. The slide of this gun is numbered to the frame.  Slide stop is five groove type which was standard on the military contract Super .38 pistols.

Super .38 serial number 37255 - pictured with two full blued magazines, open spam can of ammunition for 900 CARTRIDGES CAL .38 BALL SUPER IN CARTONS LOT R.A. 5002 and box of 50 CARTRIDGES COLT, SUPER CAL .38 BALL LOT R.A. 5001 Remington Arms Co., Inc.

Original Wooden Remington Ammunition Crate that holds two 900 round spam cans of Remington .38 Super ammunition. 1800 CTGS CAL .38 SUPER IN CARTONS T2BIA BALL LOT R.A. 5001

Original Wooden Remington Ammunition Crate open and revealing two 900 round spam cans of Remington .38 Super ammunition.

US ORDNANCE DEPT. seal found on spam cans.

Original Wooden Remington Ammunition Crate open and revealing compartments for two 900 round spam cans of Remington .38 Super ammunition.

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