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Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Lot 3551: Colt - Government

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Exceptional and Rare First Year Production Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol with Low Three Digit Serial Number C183
Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000
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Serial #Colt - Government ManufacturerColt ModelGovernment
TypePistol Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page211
Barrel5 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a beautiful example of an extremely early production Colt Government Model pistol that was manufactured in 1912. This was the first year of this desirable pistol design that would go on to span over 80 years of use, by the military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. The left side of the slide has the early Colt two line, two block markings "PATENTED APR.20.1897/SEPT.9.1902 DEC.19.1905 FEB.14.1911" followed by the two line Colt factory address, with the circled Rampant Colt stamped behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is stamped "COLT AUTOMATIC/CALIBRE .45", directly under the ejection port. The left side of the frame has the early very lite serial number "C183" with "GOVERNMENT MODEL", marked on the right side. The upper left front of the trigger guard bow is marked with the Colt triangle "VP" proofmark, with the letter "K" on the rear lower left. This beautiful pistol has all the early features such as the early barrel with the milled finish on the chamber area with the polished and blue barrel with a single small "N" inspector mark on the underside in front of the lugs, the early rounded rear sight, with tapered oval front sight, smooth uncheckered long trigger, early checkered slide stop, without the indent on the back side for the plunger, the type three thumb safety with the machining cuts on the underside and back side, the wide hammer spur with full checkering and short horned grip safety. It is complete with an early half-tone blue magazine with the pinned base plate with a lanyard ring on the base. It is fitted with the original checkered walnut grips with the smaller diamond patterns around the screws. These early Colt automatic pistols have the high polished blue finish overall with the hammer, trigger, thumb safety, magazine release button and slide stop lever, all having the early and very desirable Colt Niter blued finish.

ConditionExcellent plus. The pistol retains 97% plus of the bright original Colt high polish commercial blue finish with some high edge wear, a few minor spots of extremely minor pitting near the ejection port, right front edge of the frame and on the rear sight. 90% of the bright original niter blue finish remains on the small components showing high point wear. The grips are also excellent, with some mild wear, a few minor handling marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional example of a very early production Colt Government Model pistol in extraordinary condition.
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