Summary

Colt Delta World Shoot IX Australia Downunder semi-automatic pistol, limited edition, cal. 10mm. Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, 1990. Serial number 10F25.

The Colt Delta in 10mm calibre was specifically commissioned from Colt by Frontier Arms, the Australian wholesaler for Colt firearms in the early 1990s, for the 1990 IPSC World Shoot IX in Adelaide. They were commissioned engraved and cased specific to the Australian World Shoot. The model was not on offer to the general public, but available only to competitors. They were not used during the shoot, and most were sold as new as collector's pieces. Now, only one of potentially 23 known examples surviving worldwide, this is an extremely rare example with strong Australian associations.

Physical Description

Colt Delta World Shoot IX Australia Downunder semi-automatic pistol, limited edition, cal. .10mm, steel rifled round housed barrel, 12.80cm long, 8 shot magazine located in butt, chequered hard rubber Pachmayr wrap-around grips, front blade sight with rear square notch sight, trigger and hammer spur chequered. Steel frame and slide in factory black finish. Aluminium case with four black rubber feet and fastened by a three-digit combination lock, case top and bottom has a recessed panel of black stippled plastic, the front of which contains a mounted polished steel plaque engraved 'COLT' and 'WORLD SHOOT IX/ AUSTRALIA DOWNUNDER' surmounted by the 1990 World Shoot IX logo and the IPSC monogram, black stippled handle and full length hinge and rear of lid. Interior fitted in silhouette grey form cut for Colt Delta pistol and magazine.

Significance

Frontier Arms, the Australian wholesaler for Colt firearms in the early 1990s, commissioned Colt to produce this item specifically for the 1990 World Shoot in Adelaide. They were produced in 10mm cal. - a calibre then only just beginning to appear in international pistol shooting - and were commissioned engraved and cased specific to the Australian World Shoot. The model was not on offer to the general public, but available only to competitors. They were not used during the shoot, and most were sold as new as collector's pieces. Shipped by Colt's to Frontier Arms Co., Parkside, South Australia, 2 October 1990; see Colt Archive Properties authentication letter, dated 22 March 2007.

It is believed that eight remained in Australia after the shoot, with the remainder going back with various competitors to the US, Phillipines, and Europe. During the 2002-03 Handgun buyback, four were handed in, two of which were destroyed, one going to the Victoria Police Forensic armoury and the other to Museum Victoria. Now, only one of potentially 23 known examples surviving worldwide, this is an extremely rare example with strong Australian associations.

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