Sold For: $2,800.00
Serial Number: 16964
Year of Manufacture: Clawson: Shipped 12/27/1912 to Benicia Arsenal California This frame is ATF classified MODERN and must ship to an FFL.
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine (None Provided) Fed Pistol
Markings: The left side is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”, with “WGP” inspector marked in circle, the right is marked with the serial number. The top is marked “H / U”.
Barrel Length: N/A
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are original double diamond checkered walnut. The stocks are free of cracks, a few of the checkers have been flattened, some are lightly compressed, please see our pictures. The grips rate in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Colt’s Fine Finish (Blue), with the smaller parts showing similar tone in the sheen.
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Overall Condition: This handgun frame and components retains about 75% of its metal finish. Honest rub handling wear is found on the straps of the grip frame, mainspring housing (which is also range correct), flanks and grip safety, all the way to bare metal which has rich brown patina. Blue remains in strong patches on the frame and smaller components, the back of the hammer’s blue is bright. Some small bruises and handling marks are present, but in all, this frame does have its original finish and looks to have seen honest, very old handling use. The screw heads are mildly tooled but highly serviceable. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun frame rates in about Very Good to Fine condition. The trigger has two marks from and old trigger shoe.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The smaller components are correct to this serial number range and still present crisp mechanics. The trigger has two small marks from set screws driven in from the right side, the trigger produces a crisp pull. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None; NO MAGAZINE IS PROVIDED.
Our Assessment: This frame is from early production and the last shipment of 1912, first year of production… Condition is high and if you have a slide & barrel, this is that opportunity you have been waiting for!