WWI US Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1917 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2453

LSB#: 210811DW07

Make: Colt

Model: 1911

Serial Number:  208677

Year of Manufacture: 1917

Caliber: .45 A.C.P.

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR.20.1897. SEPT.9,1902 / DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG.19,1913” and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”, with a Rampant Colt logo at the rear of the slide. The right side of the slide is marked “MODEL OF 1911. U. S. ARMY”. The right side of the frame is marked “NO 208677”.  The left side of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” and behind the trigger with a circled “GHS” (Col. Gilbert H. Stewart, Colt 1911 Pistols 1915-1919). The top of the barrel at the chamber opening is marked with “H” and “P”. the underside of the barrel in front of the lug is marked “Y”. The top rear face of the slide is marked “H” (vertical, no serif). The flat on the top of the frame around the disconnector is marked “G”, “H” and “P”, and the right rail is marked with “8”. The flat on the underside of the slide is marked “A”.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade. The rear sight is a “U” notch dovetailed into the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips show light-moderate handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are light tool marks around the screw holes. The right panel has a chip-loss on the front edge near the magazine catch. The checkering is generally well defined with the most notable wear at the bottom-front of the right panel. There are no cracks. The grips rate in Good-plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There are infrequent spots of light erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 80% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The most notable finish loss is handling wear in the grip areas. There is some other scattered more minor finish wear. There is scattered minor surface oxidation with some minor nicks, scratches and scuffs. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp. The slide has very little play to 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 blued 7-round magazine marked “L” on the top of the floorplate. The magazine has light operational wear, some minor oxidation, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in 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 that was made during WWI in 1917. The pistol has a brushed blue finish that was instigated in 1917 because the Army thought the bright blued finish was not durable enough. The pistol is in about Very Good condition with 80% of its original finish remaining. The bore is strong with sharp rifling and a few spots of erosion. This is a pistol which has light, honest wear consistent with an issued sidearm in one of the most destructive conflicts in history, and will make a nice addition to a WWI small arms or 1911 specific collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

WWI US Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1917 C&R
WWI US Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1917 C&R