American Legion Colt 1911 M1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1991

SOLD FOR: $1075

LSB#: 210630BW64

Make: Colt, Commissioned by the American Historical Foundation

Model: American Legion Government Model 1911, #55 of 2,500

Serial Number: FR10850

Year of Manufacture: 1991

Caliber: .45 ACP (.45 Auto)

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the slide has engraved oak leaves surrounding banners marked “1941”, “THE AMERICAN LEGION”, “WORLD WAR II VICTORY M1911A1”, “”FOR GOD AND COUNTRY””, “1945” and behind the serrations the motif continues with banners marked “15 MAR” and “1919”. The right of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / FR10850   AL0055”.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth walnut with gold American Legion medallions. 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.

Type of Finish: Blue & Gold

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. The slide’s finish has a plum hue. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has very light play to the frame. 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: 

– French-fit wood display case.

– Assortment of American Historical Foundation paperwork.

– One 7-round Colt magazine.

Our Assessment: Made in 1991 as a limited edition of 2,500 pistols to commemorate the American Legion, this Colt Government Model 1911 is a worthy tribute to the American Legion, which has been looking out for the interest of America’s veterans since 1919. The 1911 served those veterans as the standard issue sidearm for nearly a century with some variants still in use today. This example is decorated with the founding date and motto of the American Legion and will make a wonderful addition to any veteran’s collection as well as a fine gift. Please see our photos and good luck!

American Legion Colt 1911 M1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1991
American Legion Colt 1911 M1911A1 .45 ACP Semi-Automatic Pistol, 1991