Sold For: $2,026
Serial Number: 954953
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: Under the slide stop, the left of the frame is import marked “CBE / H.B. CA.”. 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 top of the slide is marked “P”. The left of the frame below the magazine release is marked with a “P” acceptance proof, the left side of the frame above the magazine release is marked with “GHD”. The right side of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / NO. 954953” and “M1911 A1 U.S. ARMY”, the rear has a faint Ordnance wheel marking. The rear face of the slide, under the firing pin plate, is marked “954 / 953′. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle and “8”, the right is marked “74”. The top of the frame is marked “G” and “Y” at the disconnector. The left link-lug of the installed barrel is marked “P”, the right is marked “C” in box.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade with a serrated ramp fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown plastic with reinforcement ribs on the inside and reinforcing rings around the grip screws. The grips have light handling wear with a few scattered light nicks and handling marks. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished, likely Arsenal Refurbished
Bore Condition: The bore of the installed barrel is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There is minor erosion scattered through the bore, oddly it is mostly in the top of the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 80% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The most notable finish loss is handling wear in the grip areas. There are some scattered light nicks, scratches and scuffs, most along the top of the slide next to the top edge of the flats and clustered around the slide stop. There is also an “idiot mark” below the slide stop. There are some scattered spots of discoloration and infrequent minor surface erosion. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are generally clear, the ordnance wheel is incomplete, the “GHD” and import marks are poorly struck. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp. There is very light play between the slide and frame. This pistol has manual and grip safeties. 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 a black plastic HKS magazine load-assist device, a total of four 7-round magazines and a replacement barrel which has neither a link nor a link-pin. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO” on the bottom-left at the chamber, and “P” on the left link-lug. The barrel has operational wear, some light oxidation around the link lugs, the bore is gray with worn but visible rifling and there is moderate erosion scattered through the bore, in about Good-plus condition. The magazines are all blued. One has “S” on the top of the floorplate tongue, one is marked “COLT / 45 AUTO” on the bottom of the floorplate, one is marked “19200- / ASSY 5508694 / MFR. 30745” on the bottom of the floorplate, the last is marked “19200- / ASSY 5508694 / MFR. 1M291” on the bottom of the floorplate. The barrel is marked “COLT 45 AUTO” on the bottom-left at the chamber, and “P” on the left link-lug. The Colt and supply code marked magazines have minor operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs, in about Fine condition. The Scovill magazine has moderate finish wear, some scattered oxidation and erosion, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Good condition.
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.