Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1447: World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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

World War I U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1911
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 530
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 326
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Shipped to Springfield Armory on 4 April 1918, well before the end of World War I. The left of the slide is marked with the two-line, two-block patent dates and address with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations, while the right has the standard "MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY" marking. The left of the frame has the U.S. property marking and "JMG" inspection mark, and the serial number is on the right. The full blued barrel is marked with a conjoined "HP" on the chamber hood and "5" on the bottom. Fitted with blade and notch sights, wide checkered hammer, long smooth trigger, short grip safety, diamond pattern checkered grips, and an unmarked two-tone magazine.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% plus of the original brushed blue finish, some blue touch-up on the front grip strap, and the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina. The grips are excellent with a few scattered light handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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