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Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Lot 1853: Colt - 1911A1 Transitional

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Scarce Colt Model 1911A1 Transitional Model Semi-Automatic Pistol
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000
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Serial #Colt - 1911A1 Transitional ManufacturerColt Model1911A1 Transitional
TypePistol Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page333
Barrel5 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut Checkered
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a beautiful example of an original Colt "Transition Model" Model 1911A1 pistol that was manufactured in 1924. This series of pistol was fairly short lived and basically ushered in the improved version of the WWI Colt Model 1911 pistol before the Model 1911A1 was formally adopted by the U.S. Army. The pistols retained the M1911 slide markings but were produced with the new Model 1911A1 modifications. These modifications include: (1) extended grip safety tang, (2) knurled and raised mainspring housing, (3) radius clearance cuts machined into the frame behind the trigger, (4) cut back trigger with a knurled face and (5) wider front sight blade. The left side of the slide is stamped with the two-line, two-block, Colt 1897-1913 patent dates factory address followed by the Rampant Colt in the middle. The right side of the frame is stamped "UNITED STATES PROPERTY/No 705406" behind the slide stop hole, with the left side stamped with the U.S. Ordnance, inspector's initials "WTG". The top of the frame is stamped with an "H" provisional inspection mark along with a "G" government production order mark. The slide is correctly not serial numbered and the chamber area of the barrel is stamped with the intertwined "HP" firing proof and no other markings. It is fitted with the early, correctly checkered, slide stop. Thumb safety, main spring housing and the wide spur hammer.The pistol has the brush military blue finish and is fitted with the full-checkered walnut grips as adopted in 1924.

ConditionExcellent with 97% plus of the original Colt brush military style blue finish with blue wear present on the edges and high spots overall. The grips are excellent with nice sharp checkering with just a couple of very minor handling marks, the most noticeable on lower left panel. Magazine is a modern replacement. Mechanically excellent.
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