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Colt M1917 Handgun

Country of OriginUnited States
Caliber11.500 mm
Capacity6 rounds
Length274.000 mm
Barrel Length140.000 mm
Weight1.100 kg
Range45 m


ww2dbaseThe M1917 revolvers were made standard in United States Army service in 1917 by two manufacturers, Colt and Smith & Wesson. The two variants were similar, with the revolvers made by Colt slightly heavier than the ones made by Smith & Wesson (1.1-kg vs. 1-kg, respectively). They were used by Army officers as sidearms during WW1, and during the interwar years many were sold on the civilian market. In the 1930s, many were sold to the Brazilian Army. During WW2 and the Korean War, they remained relatively popular as sidearms. 300,000 were manufactured by Colt and Smith & Wesson combined during the production life.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2008


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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
26 Jul 2013 07:56:42 AM

For some months before D-Day a small group of brave commandos would regularly swim ashore on the Normandy Beaches to take mineral samples for examination back in England. For personal protection (should it be required) each man would carry just a fighting knife and a Colt .45 which, they had discovered, was the only sidearm that could be relied upon to still work even when full of sea water and sand.

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