SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Remington Rand Frame, Colt Commercial Slide
Model: M1911 A1 U.S. Army frame, Commercial Government Model slide
Serial Number: 1920772
Year of Manufacture: 1944 frame (https://colt.com/serial-lookup), 1949-1955 slide
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / ???”, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45” and with a rampant colt logo. The right of the slide is marked “COLT’S MFG. C???”. The left of the frame is marked “FJA”, “P” and on the trigger guard with “7”. The right of the frame has a faint Ordnance wheel at the rear, “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / NO. 1920772”, “M 1911 A1 U.S. ARMY” and on the trigger guard with “W” and “Z”. The top of the frame is marked “G” at the disconnector. The barrel’s left link lug is marked “P”, the top of the chamber is marked “NM 7267717 / COLT’S MFG. CO.”. The front of the barrel bushing is marked “7267718 / N”
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Micro square notch adjustable for windage and elevation dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown plastic with reinforcement rings around the grip screws and reinforcement ribs on the inside. The grips have light handling wear, a few nicks and scratches, and light tool marks around the grip screws. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued.
Finish Originality: Refinished, likely arsenal refurbished. The slide is not original to the frame.
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There is some scattered stubborn fouling, spots of light erosion and infrequent minor pitting.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 87% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. Most of the balance is handling wear in the grip areas. There are some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The mainspring housing appears to have had a lanyard ring which was ground off. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear to worn and incomplete. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is light and crisp and the slide has no play on the frame. The trigger has an over-travel adjustment screw in the front with a set-screw on the right. 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. The magazine has minor operational wear, some minor surface oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The 1911 served for decades as the standard issue U.S. service sidearm and continued for decades until this very day as a popular competition pistol. This example is a mix of a mix, using a commercial slide, a WWII era 1911A1 military frame, and National Match components developed for use by the military in competition. The result is a nice, vintage target pistol which is a nice blend of military and competition pistol, using military competition parts. Whether you find this novelty appropriate for a collection or are looking for a classic shooter, this is a great pistol for any safe in America. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!