Manufactured in 1913, the second year of production of the commercial Government Model. This pistol represented the cutting edge of firearm technology and was highly sought after by military personnel and civilians alike. This particular example exhibits the early production lustrous high polish blue finish and nitre blue small parts (except replacement barrel bushing) and the "GOVERNMENT MODEL" marking on the front right of the frame which was only seen until approximately serial numbers C4500-C5000. The slide on this pistol bears the two-line, two-block address and patent markings on the left side with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations. The right of the slide has the caliber markings. The rear sight is a refinished replacement. The barrel is an unmarked later replacement with polished hood. "VP" and "R" are on the trigger guard. The early four-digit serial number is located on the right of the frame. Fitted with fixed blade and notch sights, a set of replacement diamond pattern checkered grips, and an unmarked two-tone magazine with lanyard loop on the bottom. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration, grips not listed, as well as shipment to Simmons Hardware Co. in St. Louis on 21 July 1913 as a single gun shipment. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Very fine, retains 75% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish and 80% plus of the original nitre blue finish with the balance having thinned mostly to a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and the grip straps. The grips are excellent with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.
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