Colt Commercial Government Model 1911 .45 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol, 1919 C&R
SOLD FOR: $3612.99
Model: 1911 Government Model
Serial Number: C114221
Year of Manufacture: 1919 (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 “PATENTED APR. 20, 1897. SEPT. 9, 1902. / DEC. 19, 1905. FEB. 14, 1911. AUG. 19, 1913.” followed by a Rampant Colt and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45”. The right side of the frame is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL / C 114221”. The top of the frame is marked “SG” at the disconnector, stamped on one on the other. The right rail is marked “3” at the feed ramp. The left of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and “5”, the right is marked “C ”. The bottom of the chamber is marked “G”. The bottom of the slide is stamped “Y / 3”.
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. There are a couple of compressions on the top diamond on the right panel. There are some scattered light handling marks. Overall, the grips are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. Some of the edges have light thinning, most noticeable on the leading edges of the slide. There are some scattered little spots of thinning and finish loss, most noticeable on the frontstrap and on the right side of the slide in front of the serrations. There are some scattered little marks through the finish and spots of finish wear. There are a couple of little hairline scratches, most noticeable on the bottom of the slide at the muzzle. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly used. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine 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: Included is a single magazine. The magazine is part blued and part “in the white”. There are some scattered areas of light wear from normal use. The magazine has a strong spring and intact feedlips.
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 1919. The pistol is in Fine condition, showing some scattered light wear retaining a good bore and strong mechanics. All of the old 1911 Colts are collectible, and we are sure this isn’t going to be an exception, especially with it sharp looks. Please see our pictures and good luck!
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