Say farewell to the “Golden Age of Military Small Arms”. It has drawn to a close. Our fighting forces are entering the high-technology “Star Wars/Land Warrior” era of “smart” weapons tied in with back-pack computers, satellite up-links, laser guidance and thermal imaging video displays. As we fondly recall this Golden Age — this era of our lifetime — one firearm comes to mind that best embodies the spirit of those of us who served in the 20th Century. It’s the classic Colt® .45 military pistol. From 1911 to 1985 — even in “second-life” service in the 1991 Gulf War—it served longer than any other military small arm in the world — past, present, or, likely, future. Its passing, due to NATO standardization of 9mm, is still bemoaned. Now, Colt® and The American Historical Foundation are proud to issue Official Colt® Collectibles, separate firing Colt .45 Government Model Pistols, to honor our Armed Forces — U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force — in your choice of 24-Karat Gold Plating or Classic Nickel Plating.
The 24-Karat Gold Plated Golden Tribute is a firing Museum Piece; each gleams like a valuable Gold nugget, as rich 24-Karat Gold plating glistens across each pistol. As your guarantee of lasting beauty and value, the plating is to Jewelers Grade-Heavy thickness. This Limited Edition strictly restricted to only 500 pistols per service branch.
For veterans and collectors who prefer a Show Quality, yet rugged finish, the Colt Silver Tribute Pistol is available. Each pistol is mirror polished and plated with beautiful, yet heavy-duty, Hard Nickel plating. The Silver Tribute Limited Edition is strictly restricted to 1,000 per service branch. Considering the many millions of Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the “.45 era”, the 20th Century, the edition limits are highly restricted.
In each category, your pistol will meet your closest scrutiny because it is custom gunsmithed to museum quality, with these special features:
Also available is a custom made, luxuriously lined Display Case with locking glass lid and engraved identification plaque to display and protect your Tribute from dust and unauthorized handling.
Since the Tribute is a working pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
The Armed Forces Golden Tribute Colt .45- Navy is issued by a private, non-governmental organization to honor America's Armed Forces. Nothing in the decoration added to the basic firearm (including the informational content therein) is used as a trademark. Neither the United States Navy nor any other component of the Department of Defense has supplied, approved, endorsed, or authorized this product or any portion thereof.