All I can add to the discussion is my doubts that the alleged "factory" records are entirely accurate. I know for a fact that a small number were sold into Canuck LE. I have heard two different accounts. One that a small number went to the Northwest Mounted Police, the other was that the contract was shared with the RCMP.
I will mention this due to having purchased and personally saw cut one in the early 90s in Canada from a retired Mountie. nearly mint condition with factory paperwork, target, colt mags in the LE hardcase. It was alleged as a Mountie gun, I see no reason to doubt that.
Subsequent to that I was offered two others by different folks up there in similar condition. Both of those were Deacs
Supposed to be one in a museum up there in a NWMP display.
Had a buddy email me pix in the late 90s of two rather rusty R75s in a Cuban police armory. No clue on provenance. He was Canadian as well, was buying arms up from the government.
I have wondered whether Colt may have built psuedo R75s on 1918 receivers using left over bits and thus in records they appear as straight 1918s but I do know first hand the Canadians had a small contract apparently unreflected in so-called records.
As far as Jim's notes:
In my opinion they should be released as like Legends of the BAR or some such
I find the cleansing of even myth a bit detestable. Offer a disclaimer but don't hide it away.
Jim sought this crap out and well yes a bit of it was crap it should be regarded as gun lore...I really don't need some kid to purify it for me in some stupid Coffee Table book
both have a place, one as a reference and the other as just entertaining reading