By Kyle Jillson | January 13 2014 17:30

Curator's Corner brings out Colt Official Police conversion that saw service in World War II

Colt Commando on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Philip Schreier, Senior Curator at the NRA National Firearms Museum, has been the main attraction on NRA News' Curator's Corner for a number of years. If you're a fan of the series, then you've probably seen Phil bring out a favorite pistol or two, or ten. You see, while Phil will tell you it's his favorite pistol at that time, he'll also remind you that times change, don't they? But who can blame a man for having access to so many unique and incredible pistols?

This week, Phil's new favorite pistol is the Colt Commando.

Despite the fact that Colt needed to call on five different companies to meet with demands for the .45 caliber 1911 during World War II, there were still sidearm needs that those pistol couldn't fulfill.

At the beginning of the war, the United States Government requested .38 revolvers to arm security personnel charged with looking after government buildings, shipyards, and railways from sabotage or theft. Enter the Colt Commando. An answer to Smith & Wesson's popular M&P, Colt took shipments of their .38 cal Official Police revolver and made a few adjustments.

Colt Commando on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum

The parkerized finish, shortened barrel, and - rare for the time - plastic grips made the pistol suitable for military contracts and it was soon issued to military police and guards at industrial sites.

Only about 48,000 Colt Commandos were produced, making the pistol a rather desirable collectors item.

To get the rest of the story on the Colt Commando, check out Phil and the boys around 6:40 this afternoon during NRANews' Curator's Corner segment on Sportsman Channel.

Colt Commando on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum

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