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Auction Date: May 7, 2017

Lot 3560: Colt National Match Pistol 45 ACP

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Exceptional Pre-War Colt Model 1911A1 National Match Semi-Automatic Pistol with Schwartz Safety and Colt Box
Estimated Price: $9,000 - $13,000
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Serial #Colt National Match Pistol 45 ACP ManufacturerColt ModelNational Match
TypePistol Gauge45 ACP Catalog Page203
Barrel5 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is a beautiful example of a very rare and desirable pre-war Colt M1911A1 National Match pistol that was produced with the extremely rare Schwartz Safety. Developed circa 1938, the Schwartz safety was very innovative for the time, adding a firing pin block inside the slide, which is disengaged when the trigger is pulled, preventing out-of-battery or drop related discharges. Although the design did not catch on during the initial production run, it was later part of the upgrades made to the Series 80 Government Model Pistols. Produced in 1939, this pistol is fitted with the early style fixed sights, with the two line address and patent markings on the left side of the slide and "NATIONAL MATCH COLT" and "AUTOMATIC/CALIBRE .45" on the right side. The frame is marked "GOVERNMENT MODEL" on the right side over the serial number, with "60" and "P/ VP" on the trigger guard, wide hammer, long grip safety, arched mainspring housing, checkered trigger, post-1924 checkered slide stop, the post-1918 (third model) checkered thumb safety and fully checkered grips. Expertly hand fitted at the factory, with super smooth action, "COLT .45 AUTO MATCH" select match barrel, and very tight slide fit. With an unnumbered Colt black box, cleaning rod in wrapping, papers, and test target numbered to match the gun.

ConditionExcellent plus overall with 99% of the original pre-war blued finish showing mild scratching on the slide and around the pins and light edge wear. Grips are also excellent with a few minor pressure dents and sharp checkering. Box is good with a tear on the front of the lid, wear along the spine and high edges and mild scuffs. Mechanically excellent. Pre-War National Match pistols are extremely rare in any condition, to say nothing of a pistol of this quality fitted with the Schwartz Safety, which is tough to match, let alone improve on.
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