SOLD FOR: $1925
Model: Officer’s ACP Enhanced Stainless, O9180XS
Serial Number: SF17743E
Year of Manufacture: 1999 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Semi-Auto Pistol, Detachable Magazine Fed
Markings: The left of the slide is marked “OFFICER’S / -MODEL-“, “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45” and behind the slide serrations with a rampant colt. The right of the slide “COLT OFFICER’S ACP”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / SF17743E”. The right of the trigger guard is marked “M”, the left with “VP” in triangle and a poorly struck inspector’s mark.
Barrel Length: 3 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a single white dot, dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two white dots dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide. The rear face of the rear sight is serrated and the top of the slide has a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 98% of its 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 gun is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit shows very minor play. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a total of two 7-round magazines, each marked on the floorplate with a rampant colt, “COLT / 45 AUTO”, “C” and “S”. Each magazine’s floorplate has been painted orange. Otherwise, the magazines show minor operational wear, intact feed lips and strong springs.
Our Assessment: In the 1970s, the Rock Island Arsenal began production of a shortened 1911 for use as a General Officer’s pistol. These pistols were built only for issue to Generals and were not available to the general public. The idea of a compact 1911 was already around; the Commander had been in production for some time up to that point and gunsmiths had made more compact 1911-style pistols as one-off custom guns. Detonics was one of if not the earliest of the companies to introduce a production 1911-style pistol smaller even than the Commander, their Combat Master. Colt took some time to react to the popularity of these guns and then introduced the Officer’s ACP in 1985. This example was produced in 1999 and is an Enhanced model. Enhancements include skeletonized hammer and trigger, extended beavertail grip safety, extended ambidextrous thumb safety and dovetailed sights. All of this is set off by the corrosion-resistant stainless steel construction, perfect for a concealed carry pistol. This pistol is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its included serial-matching box than out. With its shorter barrel and frame, this pistol brings more concealability to the classic 1911 design. Please see our photos and good luck!