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I'd like to see the floorplate with more detail. It'd also be nice to know if it's large ring or small ring. The straight bolt lever argues against a 1953/1957 production date-unless it was assembled out of a warehouse of left over parts.

The French were known to arm the constabularies of their colonies/possessions with some strange stuff. However, I have dim memories of US Marines running the constabularies of several Gulf of Mexico tropical paradises in the time between the wars. Possibly a sales sample or for T&E?

The receiver marking does cause a few neurons to twitch though.
 

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Testing and evaluation. Requests for examples can produce some strange results. Possibly the MM is one such.

In 1992 we asked several manufacturers for semi-auto service pistols examples. Colt sent us a revolver with about a 20 lb DA pull and a note that it was a special example and production guns wouldn't have as nice a trigger. And people wonder why Colt goes bankrupt so often.
 

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Testing and evaluation. Requests for examples can produce some strange results. Possibly the MM is one such.

In 1992 we asked several manufacturers for semi-auto service pistols examples. Colt sent us a revolver with about a 20 lb DA pull and a note that it was a special example and production guns wouldn't have as nice a trigger. And people wonder why Colt goes bankrupt so often.
Oh .... I always thought it was because they usually overpriced their guns ....:duh:
 

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And had non-existent QC, a belief that people would always buy/pay a premium for anything with the prancing pony on it .....and the list goes on. I believe we've had threads on that before.
 
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