This artefact is an Indonesian Presentation Pistol. This 9mm calibre P-1 Pindad Automatic Pistol, presented by General Feisal Tanjung (CIC Indonesian Armed Forces) to Lieutenant General A. ‘Tony’ Birks, Chief of Defence Force, NZDF, in June 1996.

This pistol was recently on display as part of the Museum’s “Peek at the Peculiar: Strange Stuff From the Backroom” display where visitors had to guess what it was. Many suggested it was a ‘golden gun’ or from a James Bond movie.

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