That was an interesting point Tom about 80% of the IIIc-K Grey Painted cameras being in the USA. Like you said, it does seem that a lot of veterans ended up with these cameras.
I remember reading a funny anecdote a few years ago (maybe here) that the majority of collectable Leicas now reside in Japan! It seems the Japanese or even Asian collectors have taken a less shine to perhaphs the LTM Leicas than the M-mount Leicas? Would you agree with that?
And like you said, Grey IIIC-K cameras are only getting more expensive. That K shutter is really a memorable insignia!
I will continue my quest on ebay and secondhand shops!