SOLD FOR: $1226
Model: Government Model
Serial Number: 308915-C
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi Auto Pistol, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / MODEL / COLT / AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45”. There is a Rampant horse on front of the serrations on the left side of the slide. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A.” and the right side of the frame is marked “308915-C”. “VP” and “H” are stamped on the left trigger guard bows, “2” is on the right.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is tall, fixed blade. The rear sight is a “Micro” adjustable sight, set into the rear dovetail. These sights have been added.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are factory “Coltwood” panels. Both panels are checkered with the Rampant horses in circles in the centers. As usual, the grips have shrunk and stretched out the screw holes. The checkering is still sharp and the color is still good. The wear is mild and the grips remain attractive. The grips rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. There are patches of chemical loss at the bottom of the front strap, and right rear of the frame at the pins. In addition to this, there is scattered edgewear and surface marking. The “idiot mark” is mild. The screw heads are clean. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition and the addition of the sights was done very well.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One G.I “C-R / R” marked blued magazine in 75% condition is included.
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 is a Government Model made during a period when some of their finest work was produced. The factory was full of WWII vets in the late 1960’s and the guns showed the dedication and work ethic of this generation.
This is an attractive example of a 1967 gun with sights installed reminiscent of a National Match. Whether an acceptable example for you collection or a go-to range piece, you’ll be happy with this one.
Please see our photos and good luck!