Sold For: $2,025
Model: 1911 Government Model
Serial Number: C220637
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR.20.1897. SEPT.9.1902 / DEC.19,1905. FEB.14.1911. AUG.19,1913”, rampant colt, and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “C220637”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and “5”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “71”. The barrel’s left link-lug is marked “P” and the left of the barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO” above the lug.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade with a serrated rear face fixed to the front of the slide (0.08″ wide). The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered “Coltwood” synthetic panels with reinforcing rings around the screw heads and reinforcing ribs on the insides. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few light marks. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original, the sides of the hammer have been polished.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is sharp. There is light erosion scattered throughout the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 80% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The most notable finish loss is handling wear in the fronstrap, mainspring housing and grip safety. There is some other scattered light finish wear. The left of the slide has a spot of minor erosion at the rampant colt. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The worn areas show very minor discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp and the slide has minor play to the frame. We have not fired 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 one blued 7-round magazine. The magazine has operational wear, scattered light surface oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Good-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. This is a Colt Model 1911 Government Model made in 1946. After WWII ended, Colt had a large number of parts on hand which were produced for military 1911A1 pistols, and the early post-war production used many of these parts. This example has a slide produced for a military pistol, re-marked for commercial sale and given a commercial blue finish with matting on the top. The mainspring housing has the lanyard ring of a military pistol and other small parts are from military production including the front sight and safety. The pistol is in about Very Good condition with about 80% of its metal finish, a decent bore, and strong mechanics. All of the old 1911 Colts are collectable, and we are sure this early post-war military/commercial isn’t going to be an exception. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!
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 but CANNOT 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.