Make: Springfield Armory, Customized by King’s Gun Works in Glendale, California.
Serial Number: NM95310
Year of Manufacture: 1990 (Springfield Customer Service Hotline)
Caliber: .45 ACP (Auto)
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol. This pistol was custom tuned by King’s Gun Works. Please see “Mechanics” below.
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “MODEL 1911-A1 / CAL .45”, the upper left corner has King’s crown over “K” company logo, the right side has Springfield’s crossed cannon logo and is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY”. The rear sight is marked “BO-MAR” with directional adjustment arrow indications and “R” / “UP”. The right side of the frame is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / GENESEO IL U.S.A. / NM 95310”. The grips have a 7 pointed star and is filled with Bianchi’s company logo. The barrel is visibly marked through the ejection port “SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / .45 AUTO”, and “T” on the bottom. The front of the recoil spring plug is marked with King’s Gun Works crown over “K” logo.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated Patridge style blade that is fixed to the slide. The rear sight is a Bo-Mar large serrated leaf with a square notch that is adjustable for windage and elevation that was custom fit onto the pistol’s slide when King’s Gun Works’ “Al” Capone modified the piece.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one piece wrap-around checkered ‘double diamond’-style rubber Bianchi grips made by Pachmayr. The grips show wear and cracking near the finger grooves as photographed. The grips are semi-supple and are very ergonomic. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized Gray Frame, Dark Phosphate Finished Slide
Finish Originality: The frame’s finish is original, the slide was stripped and refinished during King’s Gun Works modification.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling shows some light wear, though it is highly defined. There is fowling and carbon buildup, but no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 84% of its metal finish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout the surfaces with finish loss on some of the interacting metal surfaces from operation. There is a scratch mark at the slide stop hole, on the left side of the frame. There are scuff, scratch and wear marks visible underneath the existing finish of the slide (King’s company logo was marked on the pistol before it was refinished). The barrel bushing has some frosting in the finish along with some light scratches and scuffs. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition as having been professionally modified.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol was customized by King’s Gun Works’ Arnold “Al” Capone, who added an extended slide stop, extended slide safety, extended beavertail grip safety (that is not fit flush to the frame, as photographed) which has less spring resistance than a normal 1911-A1. The trigger has some wobble in it but breaks clean around 4lbs. The pistol was modified to eject shells strait up and over-head by tuning the extractor and ejector. The slide was custom milled to accept a Bo-Mar rear sight, . We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A King’s Gun Works (1837 W. Glenoaks Blvd Glendale, California 91201 address) gun cloth, exhibiting some staining with no major damages and a Springfield factory hard blue plastic case that does not have an end label. One magazine is provided as photographed. The case, magazine and cloth rate in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a custom King’s Gun Works Springfield 1911-A1. The slide was refinished after custom sights were installed and the ejector / extractor tuned to eject strait up and over-head. The grip safety was replaced with an extended beavertail version. The pistol looks very sharp with only minor cosmetic issues. The rifling has some wear but in all, this is a Fine condition pistol as modified and is perfect for IPSC speed shooting competitions. Being chambered in .45 Auto (A.C.P.), this pistol could also double as an effective defensive piece. Please see our photographs and read above for more information on the modifications to this pistol.