Two Colt New Service revolvers roost in the menagerie here. Both are U. S. military contract guns. The Model 1917 .45 ACP is the comparative trash to the Model 1909 .45 Colt treasure in the collection here. The Model 1917 here is just a garden variety well used revolver. A Colt Forum expert says that mine was one of 3000 produced in early September of 1918 so it is a mate to the Eddystone Model 1917 Enfield with its 9-18 barrel date I have. It's a good ol' side arm, smooth, slick to shoot and effective. I've fired more rounds though this Model 1917 than any other Colt revolver I have. I've had it many years, since I was young. It's shot a large pile of handloads. Colt New Service Model 1917 (top) with a Smith & Wesson Model 1917 (bottom). Colt New Service Model 1909 The Model 1909 was made in relatively small quantities and soon superseded by the Colt Model 1911 pistol. Most of the Model 1909s were sent to the Philippines where they were issued and used in a very humid climate. It's difficult to find Model 1909s. It's doubly difficult to find Model 1909s with any blue finish left. I wanted to add one to the collection for years. They are popular with both U. S. arms collectors and with Colt collectors. I looked over a few brown ones over the years before acquiring one. A good gun club friend had this one all along, but I never entertained acquiring it from him, assuming that it would be inherited. I was surprised to be offered the revolver after he had passed on. He told me its history after it came into his family. His family lived in San Antonio when he was young and his father was a superintendent of an ice cream plant. He was 13 in 1920 when his father went to the San Antonio Arsenal on an occasion when military surplus arms were being sold and purchased five of the Model 1909 revolvers, intending to arm the plant's nightwatchmen with four of them and bringing the fifth one home as the household gun. He purchased the revolvers for $5.00 each and 500 rounds of military surplus .45 ammunition for them at .01 cents each. I have no doubt that this revolver was never issued after being shipped from Colt. It was probably kept in stateside stores until it was sold as surplus, one of the few that weren't sent to the Philippines. http://www.coolgunsite.com/pistols/colt1909/usarevpage_m1909.htm I'm only guessing, but suspect that its honest wear was acquired over the next 70 years or so as the "household gun" for my friend. He told me stories to go with it and I wrote it all down. The revolver went on trips on the train to the family's ranch in Mexico, west of Victoria where it took all manner of game. It was along for a big family tour of the western U. S. in 1926, highlighted by a trip to Yellowstone, the revolver being toted beneath a seat of the family Willys Knight touring car. He told of how as a kid in Mexico he unsuccessfully attempted to detonate some dynamite hung from a tree limb by shooting it with the big Colt. The .45 slugs only chipped up the dynamite. So, a Winchester .25-35 was tried. This detonated a stick, the blast knocking both him and his friend Anselmo on their hineys and skinning all the bark off the tree. I maintained a special fascination for the obscure Model 1909 for years before I ever saw one or knew my gun club friend had one. Only saw a few and never thought one would come my way. This one's blue finish beats the Python's finish and its action is smoother and more finely tuned. Hard to believe it was manufactured as a military weapon with it's fit and finish. http://www.allworldwars.com/Colt's Double-Action Revolver Caliber 45 1909.html http://www.scott-duff.com/Revolver.htm An article on the even more rare Marine Corps variant of the Model 1909. The shooting description pretty much mimics my shooting impression of the Model 1909 or any other New Service I've owned or fired. https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/1/9/last-of-its-kind-the-usmc-model-1909-colt/ I once had a 4 1/2-inch .38-40 New Service that I let get away from me years ago. Wish I'd kept it. I love the .38-40 cartridge! This late vintage (1937) Colt New Service in .38-40 showed up at a gun show where I do security work for the promoter friends of mine. Wanted it bad, but didn't "pull the trigger." Only took photographs instead. Would love to jump off into a firearms collecting tangent and gather in New Service revolvers of all kinds. Life's too short to accumulate everything we would like to collect.