SOLD FOR: $2775
Model: Government Model Stainless, Samuel Colt Bicentennial (Lew Horton Exclusive)
Serial Number: CV37057
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazine
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 & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth faux-ivory panels with silver-colored Colt medallions. 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.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel, Gold Accents
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable damage, only light handling marks and minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit is snug. This pistol has a Series 80-style firing pin safety. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching label, cable lock, manual, and a total of two 8-round magazines.
Our Assessment: Samuel Colt is well known for his influence on firearms, especially in America. Recognition for that influence is well earned, but only scratches the surface of the man. His use of interchangeable parts allowed him to pioneer assembly-line production. He was innovative in marketing, having a flair for showmanship. He was an early adopter of “product placement” as well as using celebrity endorsements, even commissioning art to showcase his firearms. He also worked with another famous Samuel, Morse, developing a water-proof cable which allowed telegraph lines to be run under rivers, lakes and even oceans.
What better way to celebrate the bicentennial of Sam Colt than one of the more famous firearms to ever bear his name, the Government Model, better known today as “The 1911”. We were not able to find a lot of information about this edition, but it was commissioned by Lew Horton and features gold trim and decorative engraving on a stainless steel Government Model. The slide bears Colt’s portrait, his signature, the venerable Rampant Colt as well as the more modern “Serpent” Colt logo. The pistol comes in its original box and is in Excellent condition, ready to add to your collection and display as a celebration of Sam Colt. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud