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Weapons and ammunition
Related period
Second World War (production)
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, CT, USA
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whole: L: 25cms BL: 5.5ins Calibre: .45 Colt

Catalogue number
FIR 11380

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