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Lot 1507: Russian Contract Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Rare and Exceptional Documented Russian Contract Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter and Holster

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1507: Russian Contract Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol

Rare and Exceptional Documented Russian Contract Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter and Holster

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000
Price Realized:

Rare and Exceptional Documented Russian Contract Colt Government Model Semi-Automatic Pistol with Factory Letter and Holster

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Government
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 356
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Originally ordered in 1916 and 1917, the Russian Contract Colt Government Model pistols were ordered by the Imperial Russian government from Colt. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as shipment to the government of Russia on 3 August 1916 in a shipment of 5,000 guns. When placing the order, the government of Great Britain acted as an intermediary, using a line of credit established by the Russians and backed by hard gold reserves held in Britain to cover the bill. Britain's role as go-between is the source of the signature marking on the left side of the frame, "ANGL. ZAKAZIE"(transliterated) for "English Order". The Russian Contract pistols as-issued otherwise bore only standard Colt markings like this example. By 1916, the situation on the Eastern Front was already getting well out of hand for Russia, and in 1917 they went through the February and October Revolutions, which brought about both the fall of the Imperial government and the successor Provisional Government, which led to the rise of the Soviet Union. Additionally, some reports of the final assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and his family put a pair of Colt .45 ACP pistols among the weapons used by the Bolshevik party, in particular one used by Yakov Yurovsky, leader of the squad who is noted as having fired the opening shot directly into the Tsar's chest. Russian Contract Government Model Colts are scarce on the American market in any condition, as they saw hard use through multiple conflicts and virtually none were ever exported by the Soviet Union, making an excellent example like this one a true rarity. The left side of the slide has the two-line, two-block address and patent dates with the Rampant Colt behind the serrations, these markings have some flaws and breaks due to a worn roll stamp. The right of the slide is marked with the caliber marking. The barrel is marked "P" and "N" on the bottom ahead of the lug and has a polished chamber hood. The left side of the frame is marked with the aforementioned contract marking and "VP" and "U" on the trigger guard, with the model marking and serial number on the right. There is a "Simpson LTD G'BURG.IL" import mark visible on the bottom left of the magazine well. It is fitted with the standard blade and notch sights, long smooth trigger, wide checkered hammer, short grip safety, smooth mainspring housing, diamond pattern checkered grips, lanyard loop, and an unmarked two-tone magazine with lanyard loop base. Includes a leather holster with boxed "SA" Finnish army marking

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 90% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges, a small patch of light pitting visible on the right front of the slide, and some scattered light spotting. The grips are also excellent with a few scattered minor blemishes in the the otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very good with some mild wear. You will search a long time to find a higher condition example of a Russian contract Colt Government Model!



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