SOLD FOR: $1677
Make: Colt Custom Shop
Model: Special Combat Government
Serial Number: SCGA5181
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SPECIAL COMBAT / ~GOVERNMENT~” and with a rampant colt logo, the right is marked “COLT’S GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in a triangle and “9”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated Clark blade dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notched Colt-branded Bo-Mar target sight with a serrated rear face and is dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece diagonally grooved gray and black G10 panels with a thumb groove on the left panel. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Satin Nickel Frame & Blued Slide
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. There are some light machining marks on the lands towards the chamber.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are one or two hardly noticeable marks on the sides of the slide towards the front. There is 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. This pistol has a tight slide and a crisp trigger. This pistol has a firing pin block safety (series ’80). 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 blue Colt Custom Shop box, serial matching shipping sleeve, paperwork including the manual, test target, and two 8-round magazines.
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 example is a two tone model from the Custom Shop, it is chambered for the classic .45 ACP cartridge, able to hold eight rounds in its single stack magazine. The Custom shop expertly fits the pistol and installs it with ambidextrous safety, beavertail grip safety, and skeletonized hammer and trigger. The straight checkered mainspring housing has an extended and flared magazine well for faster reloads and the slide is fitted with a Clark front sight and a Colt branded Bomar rear target sight for ultimate precision. The feed ramp is polished, the ejection port is flared and lowered, and the pistol gets the custom treatment with a tuned action. The gun looks as good as it shoots with a rich blued slide with polished flats and a hard chrome frame. The pistol comes in its original box with a pair of magazines and manual. If you’re looking for your first 1911 or your last, this would be a good pony to add to the stable. These are no longer available from Colt and this one looks amazing, for the collectors, this will be just as good as an investment as it will be a shooter for those who intend to use it. Please see our photos and good luck!