Manufactured in 1912, the first year of production for the commercial Government Model, this early, three-digit serial number pistol represented the cutting edge of firearm technology at the time. The slide bears the two-line, two-block address and patent markings on the left side of the slide 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, and "GOVERNMENT MODEL" is on the front right side of the frame. The early three-digit serial number is located on the left of the frame, which was only standard on the first 2,250 Government Models. The barrel is a replacement, marked "P" on the left of the lug and "S" on the right. A rich, fiery niter blue finish is present on the checkered wide hammer, checkered thumb safety and slide catch, the magazine catch, and the long smooth trigger. Fitted with a lanyard ring on the butt, 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 50% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish and 60% of the original nitre blue with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina and some scattered patches of light pitting. The grips are fair with some scattered minor dings and scratches, some light wear, and well-defined checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.
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