Colt Government Model 45ACP SN:322203-C MFG:1968

  • Caliber: 45ACP
  • Era: Post-War
  • Finish: Blue
  • Serial Number: 322203-C
  • Shipment Type: Commercial
  • Shipped To: James A. Colosimo
  • Year: 1968

This Colt Government Model shipped to James A. Colosimo (Colosimo's Gun Center) at 933 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 10th, 1968 in a 10 gun shipment.

This Colt is considered to be a pre-70 series Government Model.  They are finished in blue, top of slide is matte finished to prevent glare.  The grips are plastic and commonly know during this period to shrink and contract.   

Accompanying this pistol is the original factory box that is numbered to the gun along with the original invoice from Colosimo's.  It shows that it was purchased on October 14th, 1968 for a total of $150.35. by a George R. Brown.

This Colt belonged to Commander George Ronald Brown.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA. on December 6, 1938. Both his father and his Grandfather were ship builders at the Philadelphia Naval Yard.  He was born and raised in the same home at 2944 so. 18th St., in the heart of downtown Philly.

Ron Brown graduated early from a small neighborhood Catholic school, St. Richards, where he attended all 12 grades.  He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 on April 29, 1956. He later earned his commission as an Officer and was admitted to Flight School at NAS Pensacola, Florida.  He received his wings on April 15, 1961 and served a total of 27 years with duty in Corpus Christi, TX., Jacksonville, FL., Norfolk, VA., Moffet Field, CA., and with  HQ EUCOMM Stuttgart, Germany .  His last Active duty assignment was the Chief of Naval Education and Training, back at Naval Air Station, Pensacola Florida.

Ron’s service included two tours in Vietnam while assigned to the USS Ranger, CVA-61. He purchased the Colt while on leave between tours, back in his hometown of Philadelphia.

After retiring from the Navy, Commander Brown became an F-14 Platform Coordinator at Patuxent River, MD. Where he served another 20 years before retiring in Jacksonville, FL.

Commander George “Ron” Brown passed away on June 25, 2015 at the age of 76