Manufactured in 1912, the first 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, as well as the serial number on the left of the frame as seen on only the first 2,250 Government Models, 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 circled Rampant Colt behind the serrations. The right of the slide has the caliber markings. "VP" and "K" are on the trigger guard. The early four-digit serial number is located on the left of the frame. The barrel is a later production replacement marked "COLT 45 AUTO" with military inspection "P" on the left of the lug and "G" on the bottom. Fitted with fixed blade and notch sights, a set of diamond pattern checkered grips, and an unmarked two-tone magazine with lanyard loop on the bottom. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection
Fine, retains 60% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish and 70% of the original nitre blue with the balance mostly a smooth artificial brown touch up with some edge wear, spotting, and grip strap wear. The grips are very good with replacement screws, a few scattered minor dings, and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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