SOLD FOR: $1237.12
Model: Custom Government Model, Commercial 1911
Serial Number: C160680
Year of Manufacture: 1931 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup), ATF MODERN
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Detachable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D APR. 20. 1897. SEPT. 9. 1902. DEC. 19. 1905. FEB. 14. 1911. AUG. 19. 1913”. The right of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45” and with a Rampant Colt. The back of the slide under the firing pin plate is marked “160 / 680”. The right of the frame is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL / C160680. The left of the trigger guard has “1” and a “VP” in triangle, the right has “60”. The top of the frame is marked “S” by the disconnector. The right side of the barrel lug is marked “S”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: Custom sights have been installed. The front sight is an undercut blade fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch sight dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood. The frontstrap has been custom checkered and the mainspring housing has been reprofiled and custom checkered. There is a crack on the left panel at the bottom. There are some areas of discoloration from age and use. There are some scattered light scrapes and compressions. There is a small chip loss on the left panel on the bottom front corner. There are some scattered light handling marks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is light gray and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There is scattered erosion and light pitting.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The front strap has been checkered. The backstrap has been reprofiled and checkered. New sights have been installed. The trigger has been stippled. The barrel bushing has been spot welded and ground down for a tight fit. The chamber has some brazed brass and weld marks. There are some scattered spots of oxidation and discoloration from previous oxidation. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs, draglines, and thinning on some of the edges. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition as custom.
Mechanics: The hammer will occasionally fall to half cock if the trigger is pulled while the thumb safety is on SAFE and the grip safety is depressed, otherwise functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide has barely perceptible play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a 7-round magazine.
Our Assessment: The 1911 is one of the best pistols ever designed, seeing use in the US Military for the better part of a century and dominating pistol shooting sports for decades. This 1931 vintage commercial Government model is a neat example of a post-war Commercial Government model. The pistol is in Very Good-Fine condition with light handling and operational wear, retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. This one was customized back in the day for target shooting and has an undercut front sight, checkered grip frame, trigger stippled, and barrel bushing custom fit. This will make a nice shooter and will ba a nice addition to your collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!