SOLD FOR: $2501
Serial Number: C127770
Year of Manufacture: 1921 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side 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 side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45” and with a rampant colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL / C 127770”. The top of the frame is marked “0” at the disconnector. The left of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and “W”, the right is marked “82”. The bottom of the chamber is marked “P / K”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “U”-notch dovetailed into the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered walnut with smooth diamonds around the grip screws. The grips have a few scattered minor nicks, but no notable damage. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray, darker in the grooves. The rifling is well defined. There is scattered erosion in the bore, light on the lands and more moderate in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges. The finish is generally strong with some scattered patches of minor oxidation, more notable patches on the right slide flat toward the rear which have some minor erosion, and a couple of spots of light pitting on the chin of the slide. There are a few scattered minor nicks and scratches, one more notable nick on the top-left of the slide near the front and a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is crisp and the slide has little 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: This pistol comes with one two-tone 7-round magazine. The magazine has light operational wear with intact feed lips and a strong spring.
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. The design was the end-result of a series of developments by famous gun designer John Browning, starting with the Model 1900. The advances made by Browning were revolutionary at the time, and were so successful that they are considered commonplace today. Browning not only developed first a pivoting and then a tilting barrel to allow for a locked system, he developed the concept of “the slide”, which is now synonymous with semi-automatic handguns. Having secured a contract for the US Military sidearm, Colt also offered the pistol to the commercial market as the “Government Model”. This is a Colt commercial Government Model made in 1921. The pistol is in Very Good condition, having generally strong original finish with some minor oxidation and a little erosion. All of the old 1911 Colts are collectable, and we are sure this isn’t going to be an exception. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!