Sold For; $1,336.32
Make: DGFM-FMAP (Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles) Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Model: 1927 Sistema Colt
Serial Number: 87187 (3877 is an Argentine Air Force property number)
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1955
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “D.G.F.M. – (F.M.A.P.). The right side of the slide is marked the Argentine crest, “AERONAUTICA ARGENTINA / SIST. COLT CAL. 11.25mm MOD. 1927” and “87187-3877”. The top of the slide, the right side of the frame above the trigger and the barrel at the port are also marked “87187”, the right of the frame is also marked “3877”. There is an import mark on the left of the frame behind the magazine release “JLD ENT. FARM. CT.”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U”-notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few scattered light marks. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion scattered in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges, most notable at the front of the slide. The grip straps and controls have lighft handling wear. There are some scattered light nicks and scratches including an “idiot mark” under the slide stop on the left of the frame. There is infrequent minor surface oxidation. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has both a manual and grip safety and the trigger pull has a tiny amount of creep. The slide is tight to the frame. We did not fire this pistol. The pistol has a lanyard ring on the bottom of the mainspring housing.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one 7 round magazine. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: In 1914, the Argentine military adopted the Colt M1911 as their standard military sidearm and contracted with Colt to supply these guns. Argentina took shipment of 2,151 of these weapons between 1914 and 1919. In 1923, Argentina adopted an armaments bill that would eliminate Argentine dependency on foreign arms. Under this bill, the Argentine Congress authorized appropriations for a military modernization program and prepared the infrastructure for a domestic arms industry. In accordance with the new law, an aircraft factory was established in 1927, a munitions factory in 1933, a small steel mill in 1934, and a small arms factory in 1936, all of which were managed by Argentine army officers. In 1927, the Argentine Commission for Foreign Acquisitions negotiated a contract with Colt for the manufacture of M1911A1 .45 caliber self-loading pistols specially marked and serial numbered in a separate series, and secured a licensing agreement giving the Argentine government the right to manufacture these pistols using drawings, material specifications, instructions, etc. supplied by Colt. The 10,000 pistols were delivered by Colt from 1927 to 1933, and have become known as the Hartford Colts. Production of the Sistema Colts began in 1927, and 14,000 were produced by 1942. In 1945, a new factory (FMAP) was brought on-line and produced another 88,494 pistols through 1966. The Sistema Colts continued to be used in Argentina until the 1990’s, when they were replaced by Browning High Powers. The Sistema Colts were not Colt clones, but except for finish and markings, they were identical to 1911A1 pistols produced by Colt, and the parts were interchangeable. Top quality steel was used in the construction, and they are known to be as tough and reliable as those made by Colt. This pistol was made at the FMAP factory around 1955 and was issued to the Argentine Air Force, one of approximatley 4,200 procured for that branch of their military. This pistol appears to have been treated fairly gently with much of its original finish, a nice bore and strong mechanics. The high quality of the Sistema Colts and the relatively few produced make them very collectable, especially ones like this with matching numbers. Please see our photos and good luck!
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