SOLD FOR: $1,252.00
Model: WWII Commemorative Series 1911A1 Pistol Asia-Pacific Theater
Serial Number: 4081 PTO
Year of Manufacture: 1970 (Listed on the ATF C&R Roster)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Removable Magazine
Markings: The serial number is marked on the right side of the frame. The left side of the slide is engraved with “PEARL HARBOR . CORAL SEA . CORREGIDOR / GUADALCANAL . TARAWA . SAIPAN . LEYTE GULF . IWO JIMA . OKINAWA . TOKYO” bordered with palm leaves and with palm leaves at the rear of the slide. The right side of the slide is engraved with “WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE / PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS” bordered with palm leaves and with palm leaves at the rear of the slide. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT .45 AUTO” and with “VP” in triangle proof.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade fixed to the slide and the rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut panels with gold colored Colt medallions in their centers. The grips have a couple of scattered light compressions and handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: High Polish Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel has a small mark in the finish at the chamber and very light operational wear. The right of the slide has some light scuffing, not through the finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a hinge-top wooden presentation case with a plexiglass window over a green felt-lined drawer containing the pistol and seven rounds of .45 ACP and a key for the case. The case is made from bamboo or a very good imitation with bamboo-like bordering on the top and bamboo mat on the top face with a print on the inside of the lid of a picture of the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 with a more extensive list of battles underneath. Inset to the felt is a silver plaque reading “WORLD WAR II / COMMEMORATIVE / Asiatic – Pacific Theater / DECEMBER 7, 1941 – SEPTEMBER 2, 1945” bordered in palm leaves. There is some light wear and scratches on the exterior of the case and the felt shows light wear from its contents, in about Very Good-Fine overall condition. The pistol comes with one nickel-finished 7-round Colt magazine which shows light operational wear and a frosted look to the finish, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This pistol is a beautiful Colt Government Model 1911A1 pistol with nickel finish and with engraving commemorating some of the most pivotal battles in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII. The pistol is in Fine-plus condition with about 97% of its finish, a bright bore and little sign of use. The pistol comes with a wooden display case which is nicely decorated with bamboo and additional commemoration of battles. For the Colt 1911 collector, maybe even any Colt collector, this would make a great addition to a collection. This is an amazing tribute to the contribution America has made to keep the world free. Please take a look at our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.