Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1450: World War I U.S. Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

World War I 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
Item Views: 487
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 326
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1918 and shipped to Springfield Armory in May of the same year, 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 , 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 "5" on the bottom and a rubber bushing is installed on the recoil spring guide. 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 with lanyard loop base.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 70% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, most noticeably on the grip straps and edges. The grips are also very fine with a few scattered minor dings and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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