Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 464: World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 "Black Army" Pistol

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 "Black Army" Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Exceptional World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 "Black Army" Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1041
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 327
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -
Description:

In July of 1918, in an effort to further speed up production, Colt changed the finishing process on the Model 1911 yet again. This involved the polishing process ending at the "rough" stage, with the blue finish being applied to this "rough" or brushed surface which led to a much darker, almost black, appearance. This example was manufactured circa August/September of 1918, and is an example of a "Black Army", as they came to be known. The left side of the slide has the standard two-line, two-block patent dates and address with the Rampant Colt between, and "MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY" on the right. The frame is marked with the serial number on the right, with the U.S. property marking and eagle head inspection mark on the left. The full blue barrel is marked with "P/H" on the chamber and "5" on the bottom in front of the lug. Fitted with blade and notch sights, checkered slide stop, thumb safety, magazine release, and wide hammer, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, flat smooth mainspring housing with lanyard loop, and an unmarked two-tone magazine.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% plus of the original blue finish with a speckling of brown patina on the mainspring housing and front grip strap. The grips are excellent plus with crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.



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