SOLD FOR: $2,225.00
Serial Number: 826292
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 A.C.P.
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR.20,1897. SEPT.9,1902 / DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG.19,1913” and “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” with a Rampant Colt logo in the center. The top of the slide in front of the rear sight is marked “P”. The rear face of the slide under the firing pin plate is marked “826 / 292”. The bottom of the slide is marked “G” behind the ejection port in the right channel. The left front of the trigger guard is marked “P” and with a “VP in a triangle. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “55”. The left side of the frame is marked with a “P” below the magazine release and with a boxed “W.B.” above the magazine release (Waldemar Broberg, Col.). The top of the frame in front of the hammer is marked “G”. The right side of the frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / NO826292” and “M1911A1 U.S. ARMY”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “P” and above the lug with “COLT 45 AUTO”, the bottom in front of the lug is marked “G”. The floorplate of the magazine is marked “COLT / 45 AUTO”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade. The rear sight is a flat topped “U”-notch dovetailed into the top of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered Coltwood with reinforcing ribs on the inside and wide circular bolsters around the grip screws. The grips have a few light marks on the smooth portions at the bottom with light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no cracks. The grips rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. The slide has light wear at the front, more noticeable on the left, scattered very light wear on the top, some scuffing at the top edge of the left flat near the front of the ejection port and a few scattered light marks. The frame has a spot of wear on the right above the trigger, light handling wear on the frontstrap, a line of wear under the slide stop, wear at each side of the dust cover at the front and a few scattered light marks. The controls show operational and handling wear. The backstrap has light finish wear in the raised portions of its checkering with well defined checkers. The barrel has light operational wear. The grip screws have finish loss with sharp slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The trigger pull is crisp. The slide is tight on the frame. The action functions correctly. 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: This pistol comes with a total of one 7-round magazine. The magazine shows wear with a strong spring and intact feed lips, in Very Good condition as not original to this pistol.
Our Assessment: The 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols served the military of the United States from 1911 to 1985, through two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. They gained a reputation as a reliable handgun with plenty of stopping power, and are held in high regard by those who have used them. This Colt Model 1911-A1 pistol was made in 1943 and has a parkerized finish. The pistol is correctly marked with a slide that is numbered to the frame, and a correct Colt barrel. The pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition with about 90% of its original finish remaining. With an original finish, correct markings and barrel, and serialized parts, the collectors should be very interested in this WWII pistol. Please see our photos and good luck!
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.