Re: Colt 1909 DA 45
That gun is probably the most overlooked U.S. service pistol. Most writers and other "experts" will say that the Model 1911 pistol replaced the series of .38 revolvers adopted beginning in 1892. But in 1908 the Army, having no way of knowing when, if ever, a suitable auto pistol would be found, decided to adopt a .45 caliber revolver to replace the .38's that had failed in the Philippines. The Model 1909 was that gun. Some contend the Model 1909 was merely purchased as a stopgap, not really adopted. But the guns were contracted for, specially marked, and given a model number; manuals were prepared and printed, and holsters were made by RIA. (In fact many of the holsters later used with the Model 1917 revolver(s) were Model 1909 holsters.)
Model 1909's were shipped to the Philippines (still in a state of insurrection) about as fast as they came from Colt, which is why ones in original top condition are scarce. They were used, and used hard. One use was as a control in the ongoing test program for auto pistols. It is seldom mentioned that in the famous Colt-Savage tests that led to adoption of the Colt pistol as the Model 1911, two Model 1909 revolvers kept pace, round for round. The auto pistols' failures are well known. What is not well known is that the two Colt revolvers had exactly two failures, both due to dud primers in the cartridges.