SOLD FOR: $1775
Model: Government Model Enhanced, 01980XSE
Serial Number: FR28745E
Year of Manufacture: 2010 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / -MODEL-”, “COLT”, and “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / FR28745E”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the front of the slide with a white dot. The rear sight is a Novak square notch with two dots, one dot is white and the other is blacks, the sight is dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. Each panel has a tiny hairline crack at the very bottom, so small they appear to be part of the grain. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: 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 97% of its metal finish. There is a bit of thinning on the right side of the slide in front of the dust cover. There is some light thinning on the grip safeties. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has barely perceptible play. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning 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, and a single 8-round Colt magazine.
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 blued Government Model XSE Enhanced variant with an extended beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, forward slide serrations, and full-length guide rod. Included are the original box and a magazine 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!