The Colt Model 601 shown in these images was apparently at Lackland Air Force base. The information and the images in this post was provided by a friend of the site.

Backstory; this was found in a locker, apparently lost for 50yrs. They were tearing a building down and clearing everything out before the wrecking crews leveled the building.

Notice the dimple in the center of the selector and the rear take-down pin
This image shows the original ‘triangle’ charging handle
This image shows the front of the ‘edgewater’ buffer
This image shows a complete edgewater buffer. The example in this image IS NOT from the Colt 601 featured here.
Features visible in this photo is the flat side of the front take-down pin and the chrome bolt carrier group. Also faintly visible is the Colt VP ‘Verified Proof’ mark.

From a serial number lookup, this was made in the first hour of the first day of production in 1958. So…..quite literally, first batch for the USAF Security contract.

For more information on the Colt 601, Forgotten Weapons did a decent video on it which you can see here:


  1. LSWCHP says:

    Serial number 000324…that’s damn special.

    As an ex grunt though, the first thought that went through my head was “How did they lose a fucking rifle? In peacetime, at an air force base in CONUS”

    I mean, I know it’s the air force, but jeez…that’s pretty mind boggling. “Now where did I leave my service weapon….I just had it here a minute ago and now I simply cant find it!”.


    1. Wild, wild west says:

      My first thought, exactly. The basic training company next to mine at Fort Jackson in 1971 lost a rifle on bivouac and they had those poor bastidges out there digging up the bivouac area with entrenching tools looking for it.


  2. John M. says:

    No giggle switch on the early USAF contract guns? I didn’t know that.


    1. D.E. Watters says:

      It has an auto-sear visible.


      1. John M. says:

        Thanks. Dope slap for me.


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