The 2011 Mystery Gun was the Colt 01970A1RKE
Colt RK Edition Series 70
One of 300
Rudolph Kornbrath was a very gifted engraving artist in Hartford, Connecticut in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He worked on some of the finest Winchester and Colt firearms of the era. Kornbrath’s style was unusual, less traditional than many of his contemporaries. In his book, Fine Colts, R.L. Wilson devotes chapter eleven to Kornbarth’s art. This special edition intends to honor Kornbrath’s work on a modern Colt .45
Contemporary Master Engraver, Ben Lane, from Estes Park, Colorado was inspired in his career by Kornbrath’s engraving. Ben created a beautiful Colt .45 for Colt Collector’s Association show auction in 1998. TALO asked Ben to hand draw an engraving for our gun in the Kornbrath tradition. We took his drawing to Baron Technology to be replicated it on the Colt Government. Inside the intricate design on the right in very small initials is “RK by BL” ( Rudolph Kornbrath by Ben Lane).
TALO commissioned Colt to build 300 Model O1970A1, Carbon Steel .45 with special serial numbers; RKE001 through RKE300. Other enhancements include a nickel barrel bushing and a polished slide stop. Baron bright polished the slide in preparation for the engraving process.
The slide also features a gold Colt Rampant logo. The gripzs are fancy checkered hardwood marked with Colt logos and Kornbrath's initials, RK.
TALO produced a similar limited edition Walther PPKS RKE. One of 400.
Thank you to Colt, Ben Lane, R.L. Wilson and Dave Baron for your help.
One of 300 | Part # O1970A1RKE
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