SOLD FOR: $3013
Model: Royal Government Model Talo Distributor Exclusive, 01970A1T, No. 58 of 300
Serial Number: RGVT058
Year of Manufacture: 2013 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “GOVERNMENT MODEL / SERIES ’70”, “CAL .45” and behind the serrations with a rampant colt. The right of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” with the serial number. The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle and “L”, the right side is marked “P”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” and behind the serrations with a rampant colt.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood with inlaid silver rampant colts. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Royal Blue
Finish Originality: Original
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. There is stubborn grease residue from the factory packaging. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide is snug to the frame and the trigger is crisp. This pistol was made without a firing pin block safety. 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: This pistol comes in a two-piece blue cardboard Colt Custom shop box with serial-matching white cardboard sleeve, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, Talo Royal Government pamphlet and a total of two 7-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 is an example of the 1911 which was made by Colt as an exclusive limited edition for Talo Distributor’s Inc. and they only made 300. This model features a royal blue polished slide and does not have a firing pin safety, appealing to those who appreciate the slightly more crisp trigger that this provides. The pistol is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its case than out. If you’re looking for a new 1911 or a limited edition to add to a Colt collection, this is a great pistol. Please see our photos and good luck!