Model: M45A1 CQBP
Serial Number: 02175EGA
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT *** USMC” with the “USMC” crossed out. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left rear of the trigger guard is marked “L” and at the front with a “VP” in a triangle, while the right front of the trigger guard is marked “X”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” and the serial number behind and above the trigger. The right side of the dust cover is marked with a QR code and “(17V) 13629 / (1P) M1070CQBP / (S) 02175EGA / U.S.”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO N.M.-”. Firing pin retention plate is marked “1”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Trijicon blade with a slightly ramped rear face and inset tritium lamp, dovetailed to the slide. The rear sight is a square-notched Novak base with one inset tritium lamp to each side of the notch that is dovetailed into the top rear of the slide. The lamps have dimmed somewhat but are still useable in low-light environments.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are tetured G10 panels. There is no notable wear or damage to the grips. There are some light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Tan Cerakote
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its current finish. Finish is thinning at all edges. There is wear through the finish at the front of the slide on either side, on the top of the slide to the left of the ejection port, on the right of the slide in front of the ejection port and there are several marks through the finish scattered throughout. The screw heads are sharp though their finish is worn, the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply. The slide has little play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a total of one 7-round Wilson Combat magasine with only very light operational wear with intact feed lips and strong spring, in Excellent condition. Also included is a laminated Colt letter confirming the authenticity of this decommissioned pistol.
Our Assessment: On July 20, 2012, about 101 years after the 1911 was first adopted by U.S. Armed Forces, the Marine Corps for use by several of their Special Operations Capable units as well as their pistol shooting team. The pistol has several upgrades over the original Model of 1911, including front and rear slide serrations, night sights, accessory rail, extended beavertail grip safety, skeletonized hammer, ambidextrous thumb safety, National Match barrel and Cerakoted stainless steel slide and frame. This pistol has wear consistent with use by Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, but has a sharp bore, crisp trigger and is in proper working order. Combined with the Colt letter, this pistol is, as the letter describes it, a “unique piece of American history”. This pistol is a must have for any U.S. Military pistol collection or 1911 collection. Please see our photos and good luck!