Sold For: $3,505.00
Make: The pistol was originally manufactured by Colt and customized by Jim Hoag of Canoga Park, CA.
Model: Government Model 1911A1
Serial Number: 290194-C
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / * MODEL *”, “COLT”, AUTOMATIC / CALIBER .45” and with the Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The underside of the slide is marked “J. HOAG” followed by a “4” The right side of the frame is marked “290194-C”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “K” and the right front “Y”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade fixed to the top of the slide. The bottom half of the ramp is serrated and the top half has a bright red insert. The rear sight is a flat-topped square notched target sight adjustable for windage and elevation. The sight is screwed into the top of the slide. The top of the slide has a black matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece smooth walnut with nickel plated Rampant Colt medallions in the top half of each grip. There is a single ding in about the center of each grip. The grips are in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: This slide is polished blue on its sides and matte black on its top and underside. The frame is hard chromed. The front of the trigger guard is squared off and knurled, and the front strap and mainspring housing are also knurled.
Finish Originality: The finish was re-applied by Jim Hoag’s shop.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its current metal finish. There is a small scratch on the left side of the slide and another at the front of the slide on the right side. There are a few light marks around the port opening, and several more scattered over the remainder of the slide. There is also a tiny mark in the front edge of the slide release. The knurling in the front strap and mainspring housing is sharp to the touch, and the serrations on the hammer, slide release and safety are sharp. There are two spots of dark discoloration in the magazine housing. The very tips of the slide serrations have been ground flat. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and the pistol has both a grip safety and an extended manual safety. This pistol does not have a magazine disconnect. The pistol has been modified with the addition of an extended slide release, a lowered ejection port, an extended safety, a beveled magazine well and a light weight trigger with an adjustable over travel stop. The trigger breaks crisply at 4.0 lbs. and the slide is tight to the frame. 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 with one blued 7 round magazine marked “COLT / .45 AUTO” on its floorplate. The magazine shows a few spots of finish loss and is in about Fine Plus condition. Also included is a menu of custom gun alterations and price list from Jim Hoag.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt Government Model pistol that has been heavily customized by renowned gunsmith Jim Hoag of Canoga Park, California. The slide has been modified to add a fixed red ramp combat front sight and a fully adjustable rear target sight. The frame was modified to square-off the front of the trigger guard, bevel the magazine well, and add fine knurling to the front of the trigger guard, the front strap, and the mainspring housing. The ejector port was lowered, and a lightweight trigger with over-travel adjustment was added, along with an extended slide release and manual safety. The frame was then given a hard chromed finish. This pistol is in about Excellent condition with 97% of its current finish remaining. The older pre-70 Series Colts were known to have a great out of the box action and were favored by gunsmiths for creating custom pistols as they had less work to do than if starting with a Series 70 or 80 pistol. This great looking pistol (please see our pictures) can be used for home protection, but will make an outstanding pistol for Combat Pistol matches at your local range. In its condition, it will probably go to a custom 1911 collector.