Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1616: X Serial Number Prefix U.S. Colt Model 1911 Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce X Serial Number Prefix U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Scarce X Serial Number Prefix U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 312
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -

Manufactured at an unknown date and later overhauled by either the Springfield Armory or Augusta Arsenal between 1925 and 1953. The "X" serial number prefix came into use in 1924 to replace numbers on pistols that had been stolen and recovered with the numbers defaced, or if the numbers had been obliterated during the arsenal refurbishment process. Standard fixed blade and notch sights, two-line, two-block address and patent markings with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations on the left side of the slide, "MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY" on the right, "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" marking on left side of frame, and a single "WGP" inspection mark also on the left. Full blue barrel with conjoined "HP" on the chamber. Wide checkered hammer, short grip safety, long smooth trigger, flat smooth mainspring housing with lanyard loop and an "S" marked full blue magazine. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the arsenal refurbished dip blue finish with the balance having thinned to a mostly grey patina, primarily on edges and the grips straps. The grips are fine with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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