Manufactured in 1916, in the only serial number block listed for Springfield Armory for that year, this is a very fine original example of a U.S. Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Springfield Armory for the United States military and features the distinctive armory dull blue finish. The left side of the slide has the standard three-line Colt patent dates and two-line "SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/U.S.A." markings in two blocks, as well as an ordnance bomb behind the serrations. The right side of the slide is marked with the Department of Defense eagle and "MODEL OF 1911.U.S. ARMY." The barrel is a correct blued pattern with horizontal "S" on the left of the lug and "P" on the right. The left side of the frame has the U.S. property marking and an ordnance bomb near the trigger guard, and the serial number is marked on the right. Features blade and notch sights, checkered wide hammer, short grip safety, and a smooth straight mainspring housing with a lanyard ring. It is fitted with a pair of correct checkered, large diamond pattern, walnut grips and a replacement Norwegian magazine with a lanyard ring base. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection
Very fine, retains 70% plus of the original rust blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth brown-grey patina. The grips are also very fine with a few light scratches and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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