SOLD FOR: $2850
Model: Government Model, 02091
Serial Number: 38SS07694
Year of Manufacture: Ca. Early 2000s
Caliber: .38 Super
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “-COLT’S- / GOVERNMENT MODEL / -.38 SUPER CALIBER-” and with a rampant colt, the right is marked “COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / 38SS07694”. The top of the chamber is marked “-COLT SUPER 38 AUTO-“.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch with two white dots dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece faux-pearl panels with inlaid gold rampant colts. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Bright Stainless Steel, Jeweled Hammer, Grip Safety & Chamber
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings range from clear to worn, but legible. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has minor play to the frame. The trigger is crisp. This pistol was made with 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, and Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching cardboard sleeve, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a total of two 9-round Colt magazines.
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”. 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 Stainless Government Model made in the early 2000s. The pistol is chambered for the .38 Super cartridge, a zippy round that strikes a nice balance between the power of the .45 ACP and the capacity of the 9mm, while being flatter shooting than either. It is in Excellent condition as refinished, having had the stainless surfaces polished bright or jeweled, retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. If you are looking for your first 1911 or your next, this would be a great addition to any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!