By Lars Dalseide | January 27 2014 16:02

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

Seems there's been a mixup in the schedule.

While we were away at SHOT Show, NRANews decided to pull their regular Monday night episodes of Curator's Corner. That means the episodes we've been previewing since then have yet to air. Our apologies for the miscommunication.

To get back on track, we (once again) bring you the Colt Commando.

Fairfax, Virginia - Phil Schreier, Senior Curator at the NRA National Firearms Museum, has been doing Curator's Corner on NRA News for a number of years. If you're a fan of the series, 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 guarding 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.

Read the rest of the original article on the Colt Commando's debut on Curator's Corner here.


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