This is a very fine example of a pre-war commercial Colt Government Model semi-automatic pistol. This pistol was manufactured in 1937. It has the early commercial slide markings that consists of the Colt two-line patent/address markings on the left side of the slide and the right side is marked "COLT AUTOMATIC/CALIBRE .45" next to the Rampant Colt. The matching pistol serial number is stamped around the firing pin hole under the firing pin plate. The frame is marked on the right side "GOVERNMENT MODEL" over the "C" prefix serial number. The left and right side of the trigger guard bow is marked with the Colt triangle "VP", "P" and "60" proof respectively. Features include the blued Colt barrel with polished top, post 1924 checkered slide stop, checkered thumb safety, the checkered arched mainspring housing, long spur grip safety, wide Colt hammer with the checkered spur, checkered walnut grip panels and a two-tone magazine, marked "COLT/45 AUTO" on the base. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Very fine, with 85% plus of the original blue finish, showing light wear along the edges, light handling marks and minor spotting. The trigger and slide catch show bright areas from use. Grips are fine, with a few minor pressure dents. Mechanically excellent.