Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1596: Colt 1911 Pistol 45 ACP

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Scarce U.S. Colt 1924 Transitional Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Scarce U.S. Colt 1924 Transitional Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 4502
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 263
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Also known as the Improved Model 1911 Pistol, the Transitional 1911's were made in 1924, and while they retained the nomenclature markings of the 1911, they were equipped with the signature features of the 1911A1, including the dished frame sides, shortened trigger, and arched mainspring housing. Round blade front and flat top notch rear sights, with the two-line, two-block address and patent markings divided by the Rampant Colt logo on the left side of the slide, "MODEL OF 1911.U.S.ARMY" on the right, and "H" above the firing pin block. The frame bears the circular Walter Gordon "WTG" inspection stamp, with the short milled checkered trigger, wide checkered hammer, long grip safety, checkered mainspring housing, fully-checkered hardwood grips, "A" marked pinned base two-tone magazine and a correct Colt barrel with conjoined "HP" on top of the chamber and a letter "K" proof on the underside of the stepped barrel.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 75% of the faded original blue finish, showing bright wear along the high edges, a brown and gray patina on the grip straps and top of the slide, takedown lines on the left side of the frame and scattered minor handling marks. The barrel has a gray patina overall and shows no blue finish. The grips are very good, with some dents and tiny chips. Mechanically excellent.

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