Folding 1911 Shoulder Stock

From Tom Laemlein:

Colt 1911 with unusual folding wire shoulder stock
Colt 1911 with unusual folding wire shoulder stock (click to enlarge)

A few years back I found these photos of a Marine Corps modification of the standard M1911 .45 caliber pistol. Unfortunately there was no accompanying documentation. A unique folding extension stock—it would interesting to know if any of the “Forgotten Weapons” readers have any information about this rare modification. I would suspect it helped accuracy but not enough to justify the extra weight and the cumbersome nature of the added metal parts.

Colt 1911 with unusual folding wire shoulder stock, holstered
Colt .45 holstered, with stock folded (click to enlarge)

Tom Laemlein runs Armor Plate Press, a military history publishing company that specializes in producing photo studies of 20th Century weapons systems.