SOLD FOR: $2075
Model: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Government 1911 Series 70 Talo Distributor Exclusive, 01911C-SS-TOTUS, No. 435 of 500
Serial Number: TOTUS-435
Year of Manufacture: 2021
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with scroll engraving and a banner that reads “TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER / 1921 – 100TH ANNIVERSARY – 2021” and has a rampant colt at the rear. The top of the slide is marked with an Old Guard member guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider surrounded by scroll engraving and a banner that reads “HERE RESTS IN / HONORED GLORY / AN AMERICAN / SOLDIER / KNOWN BUT TO GOD” surrounded by scroll. The right side of the slide is marked with scroll engraving and a banner that reads “PEACE VICTORY VALOR” and “COLT” at the rear. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S P.T. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”, with the serial number “TOTUS-435” and “GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The top of the chamber is marked “COLT .45 AUTO N.M”. The grips are marked with an Old Guard member surrounded by scroll. The left side of the trigger is marked with a “VP” proof and “L”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped 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 two-piece smooth marbled plastic meant to imitate the marble of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its current metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has some very light movement to the frame and the trigger is crisp. This pistol was made without a firing pin block safety. 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:
-Blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching label.
-Factory paperwork including manual and red stop-sign hang-tag.
-7 round magazine.
-Limited Edition Tomb of the Unknown Soldier challenge coin.
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 limited edition that was distributed by Talo. It is made as a tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider for its 100th Anniversary. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier serves as a symbolic grave for all war dead whose remains have not been found or identified. The Tomb began with one unknown service member from World War I, and today is the grave of three unidentified service members. Its meaning has evolved to represent the memory of all military members throughout American history. This 1911 is a tasteful tribute adorned with scroll engraving, depictions of the tomb, words found on the tomb itself, and has imitation marble grips. This is a fantastic tribute and with only 500 made will be a great addition to a Colt or 1911 collection. Please see our photos and good luck!