Manufactured in late-1914 or early-1915, in the last 1914 assigned serial number block listed for Springfield Armory, this is an exceptional original example of a U.S. Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Springfield Armory for the United States military and features the distinctive armory dull blue finish. The left side of the slide has the standard three-line Colt patent dates and two-line "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/U.S.A." markings in two blocks, as well as an ordnance bomb behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is marked with the Department of Defense eagle and "MODEL OF 1911.U.S. ARMY." The left side of the frame has the U.S. property marking and an ordnance bomb near the trigger guard, and the serial number is marked on the right. Features blade and notch sights, checkered wide hammer, short grip safety, and a smooth straight mainspring housing with a lanyard ring. It is fitted with a pair of correct checkered, large diamond pattern, walnut grips and a correct two-tone magazine with a lanyard ring base. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection
Very fine, retains 80% plus of the original arsenal blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, primarily on the grip straps and edges. The grips are also very with some scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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