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Black Hills 230 FMJs in the Colt Government Rail Model .45 ACP gave pleasing groups. Ride With Us As We Return To Those Golden Days Of Yesteryear. An old familiar below, and the “modern” Colt Rail Model. The Black Hills 230 was a particular favorite of the brushed stainless steel Colt Government Model .45 ACP. Black Hills 130 FMJs in the Colt Custom .38 Super nailed the target neatly. Who says a .38 Super can’t shoot? John found the Colt Custom .38 Super to be a tack-driver. Comeback T he name of the author and the gist of the story have escaped me over the past half-century, but I well remember the title of the article which appeared in our sister publication, GUNS, in the late 1950s. It was “Can Colt Come Back?” Over the passing years we have all seen Colt’s catalog shrink as such familiar revolvers as the Official Police, Match Target, Detective Special, Cobra, Diamondback, King Cobra, Anaconda, and Colt s ’ John Taffin even the Cadillac of Colt Revolvers, the Python were dropped. The semiauto .22 Woodsman Match Target disappeared, as well as the .22 single action sixguns, and even production of the New Frontier ended in the early 1980s. Colt management had its ups and downs, and the few handguns which were left quite often simply did not live up to the legendary Colt name. By the time they were down to only producing the Single Action Army, the 1911 and the Python, many of us wondered if they would survive; and then even 52 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2010