Manufactured in the second block of serial numbers reserved for Springfield Armory production, this is a fine original example of a U.S. Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Springfield Armory for the United States military. 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 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. The blued barrel is marked "S" on the left of the lug. It is fitted with a pair of checkered, large diamond pattern, correct walnut grips and a correct blued magazine with a lanyard ring "wrap around" base.
Fine, retains 40% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and some scattered patches of light surface pitting concentrated on the upper right of the slide. The grips are very good showing some extensive wear at the bottom of each panel, some scattered minor handling marks, and otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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