Sold For: $1,325
Model: Custom 1911
Serial Number: 576182
Year of Manufacture: 1918 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The right of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / No 576182”. The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR. 20, 1897. SEPT. 9, 1902 / DEC. 19, 1905. FEB. 14, 1911. AUG. 19, 1913”,with a Rampant Colt logo and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”, the right is marked “MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY”. The left side of the frame is marked behind the trigger with eagle head over “S17”. The top of the frame is marked “U” or “D” in front of the disconnector and “G” behind. The installed barrel is marked “P” on the left of the link lug, “HS” on the right of the lug (High Standard, typical of US&S, Remington Rand and Ithaca 1943-1945). The front of the barrel bushing is marked “Micro”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation in a base dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panel. The grips have tool marks around the screws with a few other scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray, brighter on the lands than in the grooves. The rifling is well defined. There is light erosion scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges, most notable in the leading edges. The most notable finish wear is on the slide toward the front and handling wear in the mainspring housing. There are some scattered light nicks, dings and scratches. There is some scraping and minor erosion under the finish. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are generally clear, some are shallow and most have rounded edges. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has both a manual and grip safety and the trigger pull is crisp. The slide has little play to the frame. 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 with a single 7-round magazine marked “COLT / .45 AUTO”, “M” and with a rampant colt on the floorplate. The magazine has light operational wear with a strong spring and intact feed lips, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. They have also served as the basis for custom defense, competition and target pistols such as this one. This pistol has had target sights and attractive wood grips installed along with a new blue finish. The bore has some scattered light erosion but is shootable and much of the new finish remains. The mechanics are strong with a good trigger and slide-to-frame fit. It should make a good shooter for years to come. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.