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the rare gun collection of the late firearms designer Karl R. Lewis

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Excerpt of "Colt's Ink" newsletter announcing
Karl R. Lewis as winner of national competition


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Colt Highlights
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    Some of Karl R. Lewis' old business cards
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    Browning contract - front page - (click photo for full-size)

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    Colt's newsletter announcing Karl R. Lewis as Advanced Development Engineer
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    American Rifleman "Dope Bag" report on the Colt MK III
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Karl R. Lewis also designed the Colt Mark III. I have the patent on this and a letter from Colt's stating that he has revolutionized the revolver world. He is the only man that has done anything for Colt's since Samuel Colt in the last 100 years. Soon after came the Colt Trooper and Python.

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    advertising flyers for the Colt MK III
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    American Rifleman article with patent drawings
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    "Colt's Ink" newsletter announcing Karl R. Lewis' winning national competition
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    letter from Colt's on grenade launcher and awarding of bonus
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    grenade launcher patent drawing
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    photo of grenade launcher mounted on M-16
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    photo of non-functional grenade launcher core and dummy load
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    photo of grenade launcher competition award plaque
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More about the Grenade Launcher

Karl R. Lewis was also employed by Colt's in Hartford, Connecticut. When he left Browning in 1962-63, Colt's asked him if could he design a grenade launcher that could be used in Vietnam. The government needed something to help the boys win the war.

Mr. Lewis went into hibernation, and in 15 days he had designed and invented a grenade launcher that would mount under the AR-15 and M-16 rifles. He competed against Ford Motor Company and Springfield Armory Design.

The government also had a group of people - their best weapons engineers called "The Think Tank Team" - whom Mr. Lewis also beat in the test trial competition in Fort Benning, Georgia. The launcher was designed in 1966.

Mr. Lewis holds 2 patents on this invention. I have the patents. The government bought 50,000 of these and sent them to Vietnam.

Pertaining to the grenade launcher I have the following items:

  • 40mm launcher core (non-functional core ONLY, with no other parts)
  • bonus check from Colt's
  • letter of congratulations from Colt's
  • news articles about the launcher
  • government award plaque
  • two patents in Mr. Lewis' name
  • one 40mm dummy load
  • letter from Mr. Lewis explaining its versatility in the hands of one soldier

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letter from Colt's to persuade Mr. Lewis to stay with Colt's instead of going to Wesson
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