SOLD FOR: $3403
Make: Christensen Arms
Model: Government Damascus
Serial Number: CX01217
Year of Manufacture: 2013-2015
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Removable Magazine
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a tritium lamp, it is dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight is a square notch lo-mount sight with two tritium lamps, it is dovetailed and screw-set to the slide. The lamps are bright.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth carbon fiber. There are light handling marks. The grips rate in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Damascus and Titanium
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks and some faint operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol does not have a Series ’80 safety. The slide is snug to the frame but slides smoothly. The trigger is light and crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a Boyt storm case, paperwork including the manual, and a 10-round magazine.
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.
As with any hobby, with the 1911 you can go as far as your pocketbook will take you. Just about every brand has a 1911 on offer and they range from entry-level to high-end, this example is one of the latter. This one is from Christensen Arms and is their Damascus Government model. Briefly available from 2013-2015, this pistol features a beautiful Damascus pattern slide paired with a titanium frame. It is a Christensen after all, so they had to get carbon fiber on the pistol somehow and the frame is fitted with handsome carbon fiber grips. In terms of features this pistol has all the usual suspects in terms of desired features including front and back strap checkering, extended indexing beavertail grip safety, beveled magazine well, extended thumb safety, lo-mount sights, and skeletonized hammer and trigger. The pistol is all hand fitted and the work is excellent, only to be found in the echelons of custom and semi-custom 1911s. This pistol looks nearly brand new and is in Excellent condition. If you’ve been looking to get a premium-quality 1911 to add to your collection, you can’t do much better than this beautiful Government Model. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!