Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3488: World War I Era Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

World War I Era Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Government
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 506
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 260
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1917, this pistol represented the pinnacle of firearms technology at the time and would have been the envy of military officers and civilians alike. The left side of the slide has the standard two-line, two-block patent dates and address followed by the Rampant Colt behind the serrations, caliber marking on the right, and Government Model marking over the serial number on the right of the frame. The trigger guard is marked "VP" and "X" on the left. The barrel has a polished chamber hood, balance blued with "P/5" stamped on the bottom. Fitted with fixed blade and notch sights, checkered diamond pattern grips, and a two-tone magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% plus of the original blue finish with some light edge wear, primarily near the muzzle, and some scattered dark surface oxidation overall. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor dings and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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