SOLD FOR: $2,580.00
Serial Number: C131517
Year of Manufacture: 1922 (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 “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”. The right side of the slide is marked “COLT”, “AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The rear of the slide is marked “131 / 517” under the firing pin plate. The right side of the frame is marked “GOVERNMENT MODEL / C131517”. The frame is marked “F” in the groove for the barrel link. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and “W”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked “22”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade. The rear sight is a “U” notch dovetailed into the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are fully checkered walnut panels. The right panel has a couple of marks above the top screw, a compression near the rear edge just above center and both panels have handling wear with well defined checkering. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is very light, scattered erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 92% of its metal finish. The slide has thinning at most edges, moreso toward the front. The slide has a few spots of wear along the top-left side, very light infrequent freckling, spots which appear like oxidation which has been scrubbed out behind the front sight, more of these spots on the bottom-rear corner of the left flat and a few scattered light marks. The frame has very light thinning at some edges with light wear and a nick at the front edge of the dust cover, light handling wear on the frontstrap and a few scattered light marks. The hammer, trigger, grip safety and barrel show light operational wear. The knurling on the hammer is sharp, the knurling on the safety, slide-stop and magazine release are sharp with light handling wear in their finish. The slide serrations are sharp. The grip screws show a little bit of finish loss with light tooling and strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The trigger pull is crisp and 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 one blued magazine with the top third left “In The White”. The magazine shows light wear with infrequent very light freckling, a strong spring and intact feed lips. The magazine is in about Very Good-plus condition.
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 is a Colt Model 1911 Government Model made in 1922. The pistol still has its original finish and is correctly marked. The pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition with 92% of its finish remaining. The slide is tight to the frame and the bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling and a little very light erosion. All of the old 1911 Colts are collectable, and we are sure this isn’t going to be an exception. Please see our pictures and good luck in your bidding!
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.