Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1643: H.G. Barner Marked Experimental Prototype Colt Model 1911/1911A1

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

H.G. Barner Marked Experimental Prototype Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Unique Finger Groove Grip Strap

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

H.G. Barner Marked Experimental Prototype Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Unique Finger Groove Grip Strap

Manufacturer: H.G. Barner
Model: 1911A1
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: checkered walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 591
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 319
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This interesting prototype pistol appears to have been made up of mostly Colt manufactured parts, possibly even in the Colt factory. The only external markings on the pistol are "H.G. BARNER" over the experimental serial number "EXP. 304-0662" on the right of the frame and a "P" proof on top of the slide. It is unclear whether or not Barner was a Colt employee or if he manufactured this interesting frame himself and used mostly Colt parts to finish the pistol. The most prominent feature that this pistol appears to have been experimenting with is the front strap which has been machined with three deep finger grooves. Other than the front strap the pistol shows mostly 1911A1 features including blade and notch sights, wide checkered hammer, long grip safety, short stamped trigger, and an arched serrated mainspring housing with a lanyard loop. The barrel is marked "F" on the bottom and "P" on the lug and the full blue magazine is unmarked. Provenance: The Gus Cargile Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing mostly in the white metal with a bright grey patina overall and some scattered patches of brown. The trigger guard has had some metal removed from the left side. The grips are very good with some scattered light handling marks and mostly crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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