SOLD FOR: $1725
Model: Government Model Enhanced Stainless, 01070XSE
Serial Number: SS32373E
Year of Manufacture: 2005 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / -MODEL-“, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45” and with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked “COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle and “5”, the right is marked “1”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Novak-style square notch with two white dots dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood with a scoop behind the magazine release to make it easier to engage without adjusting your grip. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. The action shows light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads have strong sockets. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has minor play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. This pistol was made with a firing pin block safety (series ’80). We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt box with serial matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, cable lock, one 7-round Colt magazine, and one 8-round Colt magazine. The box has minor storage wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition. The magazines have minor operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Colt’s 1911 served the United States military through two World Wars and several other conflicts, is still in use by some units today, and has become popular with law enforcement, competitors, and recreational shooters across the nation. The design has seen some updates including a firing-pin block safety, higher profile sights, and more ergonomic grips, but the basic design and fantastic trigger remain the same after more than a century. This example is a stainless steel Government Model XSE Enhanced variant with extended beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, forward slide serrations, and full-length guide rod. Included are the original box and a pair of magazines to get you started. This is a great, feature-rich pistol with a lot of after-market parts and accessories available. It should make a great shooter or addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!