Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by Moltke_woods » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:15 pm

Bottle digger from northern Michigan and I’ve recently got into dumping cans. I’ll save some of what a found for another post but in this post I want to ask what you guys think of this can.

It’s a Colt 45 can that’s been on a shelf in our family hunting camp since before I was born. My dad had probably put it there back when he used to collect beer cans as a kid.

I didn’t take a picture of that exact can last weekend when I was there but I did find this one online with the same opener as what I saw on my dads can.


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I read that it might be from Canada. So my question for you guys is.... is this a common can? Was this style opener used only in Canada or were there other brewers using this style opener in American? Just seemed like a cool top that I haven’t seen anywhere else on this site or online.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear back from someone



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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by keithker » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:35 pm

@Moltke_woods Welcome to the board. Plenty of Michigan dumpers in this forum @bantam10 @YooperAho @thatsus02. Please don't be a stranger. We love bottle diggers that also enjoy digging cans.

The can has a fairly common lid for the early to late 70s but not sure if I've seen it on a Colt 45. If it was a Canada can it might be even more common. If it was from Detroit it would be worth seeing. Here is the same lid on a Genesee.....
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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by baartz » Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:11 pm

It's from Canada, it's a common 1970's-1980's can.
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Post by Moltke_woods » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:06 pm

keithker wrote:[mention]Moltke_woods[/mention] Welcome to the board. Plenty of Michigan dumpers in this forum [mention]bantam10[/mention] [mention]YooperAho[/mention] [mention]thatsus02[/mention]. Please don't be a stranger. We love bottle diggers that also enjoy digging cans.

The can has a fairly common lid for the early to late 70s but not sure if I've seen it on a Colt 45. If it was a Canada can it might be even more common. If it was from Detroit it would be worth seeing. Here is the same lid on a Genesee.....
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Cool thanks for the info! Does this type of lid have a name ?


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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by kamsquared » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:25 pm

Generally called a "Push Button". Coors used them a lot in the early-mid 70s.

Refer to this link on Opener Oddities:
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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by henry porter » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:30 pm

I remember those on pop cans in MN...

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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by jinsequa » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:29 am

I would say far likelier a Minnesota can than a Canadian. Canada had its own domestically produced Colt 45 with push button top at the time this was produced and it had a different label than this standard US label. This type of push top was almost exclusively used in Minnesota/ upper Midwest. They used a different type of push top for the OregonBottle Bill cans and all had a refund statement so not one of those.
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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by spire64 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:30 am

baartz wrote:
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It's from Canada, it's a common 1970's-1980's can.
I agree... a buck Canadian .....75 cents US....Of the three Colt 45 cans that are on my shelf (I don't collect top variations) the 12/341ml version has this style of top. The 341ml with the wide seam has a push button top as well but the buttons are closer together which was I presume was used to try and reduce the spray when opening. My 341ml narrow seam has a stay tab.
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So, I guess until someone post a picture of a US version with this top or the OP (original poster) post's a side shot, I'm convinced it's a Canadian.
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Re: Colt 45 with odd opener. What is it?

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Post by Moltke_woods » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:56 pm

spire64 wrote:
baartz wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:11 pm
It's from Canada, it's a common 1970's-1980's can.
I agree... a buck Canadian .....75 cents US....Of the three Colt 45 cans that are on my shelf (I don't collect top variations) the 12/341ml version has this style of top. The 341ml with the wide seam has a push button top as well but the buttons are closer together which was I presume was used to try and reduce the spray when opening. My 341ml narrow seam has a stay tab.
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So, I guess until someone post a picture of a US version with this top or the OP (original poster) post's a side shot, I'm convinced it's a Canadian.
Thanks I’ll try to get a picture next weekend of all sides of the can. Not going to camp until then. And hopefully I’ll be grabbing my dads beer can collection from when he used to collect as a kid. It’s been in the attic since I was a kid so who knows what I might find I’m excited! Image


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