Manufactured in 1943, this is a benchmark example of a World War II production Colt Model 1911A1 pistol. The left side of the slide is marked with the two-line/two-block address separated by the Rampant Colt, "G.H.D." inspected frame with "M/VP" proof, matching "P" proofs on the frame and slide, and standard U.S. property and army nomenclature on the right of the frame. Fitted with blade and notch sights, checkered slide catch, thumb safety, and wide spur hammer, long grip safety, and arched checkered mainspring housing with lanyard loop. Fitted with a full blue "L" marked magazine, full blue barrel, and reinforced checkered grips. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as sale to the United States Government and shipment to the transportation officer at Springfield Armory for the commanding officer on 14 October 1943 in order number 2173 which contained 2,500 pistols. Also included is a copy of a store invoice for the purchase of this specific pistol, which is listed by serial number, and another pistol (serial number 1126347), as well as a variety of other military gear by a U.S. Navy lieutenant, as well as the original plain Kraft style box. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Excellent plus, as issued, retains 99% plus of the original parkerized finish with a small light takedown mark on the left of the frame and otherwise only the slightest handling marks. The grips are similarly excellent with only the slightest handling marks and sharp grip checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with some mild wear and staining.
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