SOLD FOR; $2020
Make: Colt Frame with Springfield Armory Replacement Slide
Serial Number: 169656
Year of Manufacture: 1917
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left of the frame is marked with “GHS” in a circle and the dust cover is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”. The right of the frame is marked “No 169656”. The top of the frame is marked “H” (no serifs), “G”, “I”, and “H” (with serifs) around the disconnector. The right side rail is marked with a small square and “K” (with serifs) next to the feed ramp. The interior of the dust cover has what looks like either a partial “X” or “K”, “7”, and “1”.The right side of the slide is marked “MODEL OF 1911. U. S. ARMY”. The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED DEC.19.1905 / FEB.14.1911. AUG.19.1913 / COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO.” and with an “S” inside a flaming bomb. The left link-lug of the barrel is marked “S” and “P”.
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. There are some nicks and scratches around the grip screws but they have colored with age. There are a few light compressions and nicked checkers. There are some little spots of finish loss on the bottom faces. The checkering has some light rub wear. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 85% of its current metal finish. There is finish loss on the edges, the most noticeable is on the front edges of the slide. There are some spots of light erosion, most noticeable on the left side of the grip frame down towards the bottom. There are some scattered light scratches and nicks, some of the most noticeable are on the grip frame. There are a few little dings under the finish, most noticeable on the right side of the slide on the serrations and right side of the frame at the rear. There are some areas of light discoloration. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are mostly clear but some are light. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has light 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: Included are a box, manual, 7-round magazine, cleaning rod, bristle brush, and a lanyard.
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 1917 Colt-produced frame that has since been installed with a Springfield Armory replacement slide. The pistol is in about Very Good condition, having been blued, showing scattered wear and and a great bore. This will make a great shooter if not snapped up by a collector who is yet to pickup a 1911. Please see our photos and good luck!