SOLD FOR: $3,402.00
Serial Number: 10891
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Exposed Hammer and Removable Magazine
Markings: The right side of slide is marked “COLT”, “ACE” in a diamond, and “22 LONG / RIFLE”. The left side of the slide is marked ““COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D APR.20,1897 SEPT.9,1902. DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG.19,1913.” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “R” and with a “VP” in a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “71”. The right side of the frame is marked “10891”.
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a flat topped square notch rear sight that is dovetailed into the slide and adjustable for windage and elevation. The front sight is serrated ramp with a rounded front edge fixed to the top of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut. The checkering shows light wear with several small mars in the left grip. The grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: The pistol has a highly polished blued finish.
Finish Originality: The finish is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. There is thinning on the edges of the slide and frame, finish loss on the grip safety, and very light thinning in the top of the slide. There are a few tiny dings at the left front edge of the slide, small nicks and scratches on the left side of the frame below the slide release, a few scratches in the left side and top of the slide, and tiny spots of finish loss on the right side of the frame around the grip. The mainspring housing is starting to develop a plum colored patina. The slide serrations are sharp and the mainspring housing serrations and the hammer knurling show light wear. The knurling/serrations on the other small parts is sharp. The grip screws are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply and the slide is tight to the frame. The pistol has a manual safety as well as a grip safety and a half-cock hammer safety. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is one magazine included with this pistol. It is marked on the floorplate with “COLT”, “ACE” in a triangle, and “22 L. R.”. The magazine is blued. The body of the magazine shows minimal wear, but has a few spots of erosion, and there is also a spot of light erosion in the floorplate. The magazine is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Colt Ace semi-auto pistol designed to shoot .22 L.R. ammunition. This is a great pistol with many of the features of the Government Model 1911A1 except that it has adjustable target sights and a slightly shorter barrel. It was designed so that one could target practice with nearly the same sized frame as that used by their .45 1911. With the cost of ammunition today, this makes even more sense than it did way back in 1947 when this Ace was produced. This is a nice-looking pistol with a pristine bore and a slide that is tight to the frame. The collectors should be extremely interested in this pistol as there were only about 11,000 made, and there sure won’t be any more of them.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.
The side is numbered to match the gun. “108” above the hole and “91” below the hole. Apologies for not having a picture.