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FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45 cal ACP AMMUNITION PACKET – SPECIAL PACKAGING FOR THE MODEL 1917 COLT AND SMITH & WESSON REVOLVERS WITH THE HALF MOON CLIPS – FULL UNOPENED PACKETS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  Frankford Arsenal manufactured packets of “20 Cartridges Pistol Ball, Caliber .45 M1911”, especially packaged with the steel “half moon” three round clips for use with the Model 1917 Colt and Smith & Wesson Revolvers during, and after, World War One.   

In order to meet the demands for handguns during the war, the army contracted with Colt and Smith & Wesson to produce their large frame double action revolvers which became known as the Model 1917 Pistols.  The primary requirement of these contracts was that the pistols were to be chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge in order to simplify the supply of ammunition in the field.  However, the extractors on those pistols were not designed to eject a rimless cartridge such as the .45 ACP, so the “half moon” steel clips, each designed to hold three cartridges, were developed and issued with these specially made packets of cartridges.  The top panel of each packet is labeled, “THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS 7 REVOLVER CLIPS”, providing the information necessary to route these packets to a soldier armed with the Model 1917 Pistols.   

These packets are sealed, with both end pull tapes intact overall clear, legible labels, and complete with all 20 original cartridges.  These were found with an identical packet, bearing the same lot number information on the label, but that packet was open.  The cartridges are head stamped “F A 23”, indicating they were produced in 1923, after  World War One, but still correct to display with a war production Colt or Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Pistol.  These packets show some minor handling and storage wear, but the labels are present, full form and legible with minor wear around the edges and as a display item, the packets are very presentable.  

These packets specifically prepared to be issued with the Model 1917 Pistols are quite scarce and they survive in very limited numbers, so this is an opportunity that should not be missed to add to your World War One pistol collection.  I have a very few of these packets and will send the best of those available.  (0304) $150









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