Model: Silver Star 45
Serial Number: SS00821
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked “Colt Government Model”. The left side of the slide is marked “Silver Star 45”. The right side of the frame is marked “Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A.” / “SS00821”. There is a “P” on the right trigger guard bow and an “A” and the Verified Proof mark of the left. The magazine is marked “Colt / 45 Auto” with the Logo and an “M” and an “S”.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade. The rear sight is a dovetail set notch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are uncheckered, smooth wood, with silver colored Colt medallions. There is no mentionable wear on the grips and the panels appear to have only rarely even been handled. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: We understand this finish to be Polished Stainless, and the color certainly looks stainless. That said, we have found some reference to nickeled Silver Star 45’s and this gun is magnetic. We do not see any sign of plating and the gun sure looks stainless.
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only superficial and insignificant marks to the highly polished surfaces. The finish is so bright that any wear is difficult to see, as what looks like a mark may just be a scratch. That said, the gun is truly sharp, rarely fired and untouched since leaving the factory. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent and LNIB condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun, but it’s a Colt 1911 – of course it works.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes with one magazine as described above and the Rosewood case. The case is almost as sharp as the gun, showing only scattered marks on the sides and only one on the lid about 3″ to the left of Colt. The case and magazine are both in Excellent condition
Our Assessment: This is a rare production run of the Colt 1911 – so rare information is scarce. That said, a call to Colt has confirmed that Colt made 1000 of these in 1985, amongst the first stainless autos made by Colt. The gun is as sharp as it is rare and desirable, and if you are in California this may be the only one available to you – ever . . .
Sold For: $2,600