Sold For: $2,020.99
Model: 1911, Commercial Government Model
Serial Number: C138942
Year of Manufacture: 1924 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D APR.20.1897. SEPT 9,1902. DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG.19,1913”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The rear of the slide is marked “138 / 942” under the firing pin plate. The right side of the frame is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL / C138942”. The frame is marked “S” at the disconnector. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and “1”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “51”. The barrel’s left link-lug is marked “P”, the right is marked “HS”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U”-notch dovetailed into the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown plastic with reinforcement rings around the screws and reinforcing ribs on the inside. The grips have minor handling wear with a few scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is infrequent scattered light erosion in the bore, most at the muzzle-end.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. There are scattered spots of light finish wear and a few light nicks and scratches. There is a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop. The mainspring housing is mostly worn to white on the back with worn checkers. The action shows operational wear. There is infrequent minor erosion visible under the finish. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear to shallow and incomplete. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp and the slide has minor play on 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 7-round magazine with blued finish and the top portion in the white. The magazine has light operational wear, some scattered minor surface oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, 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. This is a Colt Model 1911 Government Model made in 1924. The pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished with a good bore and strong mechanics. This comes from an interesting period of Commercial Government Model production with the prominent features of the 1911-A1 incorporated, including short trigger, trigger relief cuts and arched mainspring housing. It was produced before some other changes were made, not having the new hardening process performed on the slide and with the old-style drilled and shaped recess for the disconnector on the bottom of the slide. All of the old 1911 Colts are collectable, and we are sure this 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 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.