In Honor of Those Who Sacrificed
The first and most honored combat decoration in America’s military history is the Purple Heart. General George Washington established the award in 1782 as a simple piece of cloth cut into the shape of a heart. The distinctive medal we know today was authorized 150 years later, in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth.
Considered to be the most beautiful of all U.S. decorations, the heart-shaped medal bears the silhouette of George Washington and the Washington family coat of arms. It is recognized around the world.
Today, the Purple Heart is awarded to all branches of the military as well as to civilian nationals of the United States, “for military merit as a result of wounds received in action against a hostile foreign force,” including international terrorism or military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force. Many Purple Hearts are awarded posthumously. Some attest to lifelong scars and lasting pain. All are worn with pride.
It is with enormous gratitude for the personal sacrifice of America’s Armed Forces that the Purple Heart Tribute .45 has been created. Each genuine, functional Colt .45 is individually numbered in a strictly limited edition of only 250.
The design reflects the quiet dignity of the Purple Heart medal. Working with America’s finest craftsmen, commissioned especially for this project by America Remembers, each Colt .45 is polished and decorated in 24-karat gold. Both sides of the slide pay tribute to those proud Americans who have served their country.
The left side shows a portrait of George Washington surrounded by scrolls and oak leaves (the military designation for additional medals awarded), symbolizing the thousands of medals awarded.
The right side features the American Flag. The hammer, safety lock, slide stop, mag catch and grip screws are heavily plated in genuine 24-karat gold, dramatically offset by the pistol’s black matte finish frame. The checkered rosewood grips are inset with a cloisonne medallion bearing the date the medal was established, 7, August, 1782.
No Finer Tribute
There has never been a finer tribute to those deserving men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who sacrificed life and limb for their country and the cause of freedom. For the collector, the veteran, as a memorial or tribute, for those who served their country and sacrificed, The Armed Forces Commemorative Society dedicates The Purple Heart Tribute Colt .45. Thousands of Purple Hearts have been awarded. Only 250 individuals will ever own this historic tribute. Reserve yours today and display it proudly.
In every phase of its conception, design and execution, we have held fast to the goal of creating a powerful, museum-quality Tribute to history’s greatest military sidearm. For the veterans of America’s Armed Forces who carried a Colt .45 pistol, the classic military sidearm has special significance. It was a constant companion that offered superior stopping power against all enemies. The Colt was utterly reliable, virtually indestructible and awesome in its stopping power. For decades, wherever Americas fought for freedom, the legendary Colt .45 was there. Those who pulled the trigger will never forget, and neither should we.
Optional Display Case
In order to display and protect your Purple Heart Tribute Colt .45, a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case including an engraved brass identification plaque is available for purchase.
The Purple Heart Tribute Colt .45 is issued by a private, non-governmental organization to honor America’s Armed Forces. Nothing in the decoration added to the basic firearm (including the informational content therein) is used as a trademark. Neither the United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard nor any other component of the Department of Defense has supplied, approved, endorsed, or authorized this product or any portion thereof.
Since “The Purple Heart Tribute Pistol” is a working firearm, it will be shipped to you through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve “The Purple Heart Tribute Pistol,” a working Colt® Government Model® Pistol .45, at the current issue price of $2,195*. Each pistol is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 250, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
* All orders are subject to acceptance and credit verification prior to shipment. Sales tax is required in certain states and will be added. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.