Never seen a leather case from the factory. I saw a high grade leather case for a Monitor, that was Amnesty registered in Washington, DC of all places. I was shown it at the ripe age of 5, but the owner, a Doctor, died back int the 1970's and there are no relatives still around.
It was supposedly a test gun obtained from Federal Labs in the 1940's. I remember it being parked finish, since my late father and this Doctor both had Colt Thompsons, with that great blued finish. I was promised that I would get to fire it at the old Park Police firing range, which was then located at the D.C. Arboretum, but that never happened.
My family moved to Maryland just after the 1968 riots, and I lost track of that gun. I did get a box of gun parts from a buddy who was a long time DC Police firearms instructor. All the parts were from machineguns turned in or destroyed over the years in DC. Inside was a Colt Monitor Cutts. I may still have the serial number that was on it, but the Cutts was traded to Kent Lomont back in the 1990's for many things. I asked a friend at Colts to check the number, but they did not have the records in a readable condition, since the weapon was made and shipped during a time when there was a hellacious flood in Hartford.
You might check with the Texas Ranger Museum for a leather Monitor case. I know they got Frank Hammer's Monitor, which was in truly nice condition, and from my experience, most of those older Rangers kept their serious shooting irons in weapons cases until they were needed. Maybe his was in a factory provided case, since it was supposedly sent to him from Colts.
I went through a bunch of Joseph Lorch's personal papers, since I grew up not far from where he lived in DC, and although there was literally a ton of paperwork, old manuals, some spare Colt gun parts and other items, I never did find anything about the US Government orders from Colts in his collection. All of his weapons were already gone, and sadly some were turned in during some Police gun buy back programs.
I worked for the DEA back in the 1970's and 80's and got to fire the FBI's remaining live Monitors at the range at Quantico thanks to one of their instructors. They had a rack of them still, but they were going to be destroyed. Most looked like they were never used more than a couple times. I only fired a couple bursts through two weapons they had on the range, which was next to the 50 yard range where a Police PPC match was being held one Saturday. A childhood friend was an agent with the HRT Team and he "duked: me in with their firearms training folks, and thus the tour of the old Gun Vault and the spur of the moment Monitor shootin fest instead of eating lunch.
A friend who is up in Hartford has a 1918 Marlin BAR from a CT PD, and he has a still in white 30 round magazine along with a factory cut a way BAR from Winchester's collection. I asked him to contact Ballou about including them in the BAR book, but it was not done for some reason - probably because he did not want to take the time. There was a nice Monitor BAR here in Va Beach back in the day, but I have not seen the owner in years, so figure it has been sold. It was pictured in the Book.
The Monitors are great guns, and have a certain cachet.
Plus the FBI has some real Bad azzes who toted them and used them against some real scum during the 1930s.
Photo credit: Larry Wack's excellent site.
Edited by FrankSPPD, 02 August 2014 - 12:42 AM.