Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 467: U.S. Rock Island Arsenal M15 General Officers Pistol

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Exceptional Documented U.S. Rock Island Arsenal M15 General Officers Semi-Automatic Pistol with Belt and Holster

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Exceptional Documented U.S. Rock Island Arsenal M15 General Officers Semi-Automatic Pistol with Belt and Holster

Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal
Model: M15
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1150
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 325
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

This is an exceptional example of a U.S. Army issue M15 General Officer pistol. The M15 pistols were manufactured solely by Rock Island Arsenal starting in the early 1970s through approximately 1985 when the US Army adopted the Beretta M9 pistol. This specific pistol is listed on p. 152 of "The Colt General Officers' Pistol" by Greeley as being issued in 1976. These pistols were fabricated by using a standard M1911A1 pistol, milling off old markings and then applying the new markings and shortening the slide and barrel assembly to 4 1/2 inches, installing a high profile front and rear sight, serrated main spring housing with the National Match style checkered front grip strap. The left side of the slide is marked with "General Officer Model/RIA", and "Serial No. GO 481" is on the right side of the frame above the grips. The grips are checkered walnut and the right side has a cast Rock Island Arsenal ordnance emblem while the left grip panel is inlaid with a blank silver name plate. The pistol has a highly polished blue finish on most the parts, the barrel is chrome plated, and it is furnished with an unmarked full blue magazine. Includes a black leather general officer's belt with brass U.S. seal buckle and a replacement 1911A1 style black leather holster.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 98% plus of the original blue finish with a few scattered light handling marks. The grips are also excellent with a few scattered light blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The belt is excellent with minimal wear and the holster is very fine with some light wear.



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