SOLD FOR: $ 1675
Model: Custom 1911
Serial Number: 435484
Year of Manufacture: 1918 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: The right of the frame is marked “No 435484?. The left side of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” on the dust cover, “AA” above the front of the trigger guard, and the left side of the trigger guard at the rear has a faint number we cannot make out. The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR.20,1897. SEPT.9,1902 / DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG. 19, 1913”, with a rampant colt and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The rear of the slide has no markings under the firing pin plate. The left side of the frame has a faint markings we cannot make out behind the trigger. The top of the frame is marked “8” to the right and in front of the feed ramp, “H”, and “G” around the disconnector. The bottom of the chamber in front of the lugs is marked “5”. The top of the chamber is faintly marked “P / H”. The top of the slide is faintly marked “P” forwards of the rear sight.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U”-notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered brown plastic with reinforcement ribs on the inside and reinforcement rings around the grip screws. There is a crack at the top of the left panel that runs to the grip screw. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is some rub wear to the checkering. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Chrome
Finish Originality: Refinished, the slide is not original to the frame.
Bore Condition: The bore is light gray and the rifling is sharp. There is some scattered light erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its current metal finish. There are some scattered little spots of finish loss that have taken on oxidation, some of the most noticeable are on the left side of the slide. There are some scattered little dings and light marks under the finish. There are some scattered swirl marks and draglines from use and storage. There is standard operational wear. The markings are light and rounded, some are partially gone. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: Included is a single 7-round magazine.
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 U. S. Government marked Colt 1911 frame made toward the end of WWI in 1918. At some point the frame saw arsenal refurbishment at Augusta Arsenal and then was later installed with a Colt 1911-A1 slide and had a new finish applied. The pistol is in Very Good condition, retaining about 95% of its new finish with a shootable bore and strong mechanics. This will make a fun new shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!