Colt All American 2000
The Colt All American 2000 is a semi-automatic, double action only, 9x19mm Parabellum handgun produced from 1991 to 1994, and intended as a service sidearm for police forces previously using revolvers.
It was designed by Reed Knight and Eugene Stoner, and is well-known for using a rotating barrel and lug system derived from the AR-15. Here is a closeup of the angled lugs on the barrel, visible through the ejection port:
Although commercially unsuccessful, the Colt had a number of features that are particularily desirable and heavily advertised on modern handguns:
- It is double action only (DAO), which some prefer for service/carry weapons, resulting in specific variations of single action/double action (SA/DA) handguns being redesigned for this feature.
- It also does not have a pretensioned striker mechanism (one that requires a slide rack to compress the spring). What this means it that when the trigger is pulled, the striker is pulled back and then released, allowing the handgun to strike a cartridge multiple times within cycling the action. After the Colt 2000's time, this has since been commonly referred to as "second strike capability".
- Ambidextrous magazine release (the release button could be reversed when the handgun is disassembled)
- Relatively high capacity factory magazines (15-rounds)
- Grooved anti-glare top strap, the same as commonly found on shotguns, but much less common on handguns.
- The removeable/replaceable grip panels, also uncommon on service style handguns.
- Came from the factory with a spare magazine and magazine loader.
Although not obvious by first glance, the trigger is not a pivoting design, but rather more like the 1911 in that it slides straight backwards, which allows it to tension the striker and have the "second strike capability".
As seen in this picture, the Colt All American 2000 uses three-dot high visibility sights and a grooved anti-glare top strap along the slide.
The pistol grip area includes checkering on the front strap, back strap, and trigger guard. The removeable grip panels have a Colt stallion medallion, along with impressed checkering in the plastic.
Here is a Colt All American in the factory case, and it also includes the uncommon short replacement barrel bushing & shorter barrel kit, intended to shorten the package for concealed carry. That reduced the barrel length from 4.5 inches to 3.75 inches. This particular handgun also has the pre-recall trigger.
Here is another Colt All American 2000 First Edition handgun, a later variant that has a polished aluminum frame, polished slide, and wood grips featuring a "Colt" medallion (instead of the stallion logo); which is considerably rarer than the polymer version. Only 3000 of this particular model were made, as opposed to over 20,000 of the regular model.
Because of the poor sales of the Colt All American 2000, the handgun was never made in the .40 S&W or .45 ACP variants that were briefly advertised.
It was discontinued due to poor sales, attributed to reports of poor performance and a recall in 1993. The recall replaced the trigger, to help prevent accidental discharges from "foreign objects" actuating the trigger, mostly while reholstering.
The only difference between a recalled and unrecalled Colt All American 2000 are the trigger and trigger guard. Here is a recalled trigger, which can be identified by the pin through the lever and the asterisk (*) mark on the right side of the trigger guard.
Each Colt All American 2000 handgun was packaged with an extra magazine, magazine loader, owners manual, blue plastic Colt-marked hard case, and a cardboard box case sleeve covered with Colt images. The label information (model number, serial number, barrel length, finish, etc.) was located on the side flap of the box sleeve, not the plastic case itself.
Magazines for the Colt All American 2000 can be easily identified by the "Colt 9mm" floorplate marking, the stallion logo and "9mm" side markings, and the cartridge windows at rounds 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, & 15.
The serial number is located on the bottom of the frame, forward of the trigger guard, and recessed on a small metal plate.
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