Serial Number: 99115
Year of Manufacture: 1914
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Semi Auto Pistol, Single Action
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “Patented Apr. 20. 1897. Sept. 9. 1902 / Dec. 19. 1905. Feb. 14. 1911. Aug. 19. 1913 / Colt’s Pt. F. A. Mfg. co. / Hartford. Ct. U.S.A.”. The rampant logo is on the left rear of the slide. The right side of the slide is marked “Model Of 1911. U.S. Army”. The right side of the frame is marked “No. 99115” and the left side is marked “United States Property”. The left side of the frame, behind the trigger, is marked with the “WGP” inspectors cartouche. There is an “H” on the rear of the slide, above the firing pin. The top of the frame, under the slide is marked “H”, “Y” and “*”. The underside of the slide is marked “A”, “O”, “5””5” and “C”. The barrel is marked “HS” and “P”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a fixed front blade and a dovetail set rear notch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered WWII bakelite grips. There is some wear to the checkering and scattered nicks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Arsenal Re-applied
Bore Condition: The bore is about bright and the rifling is very strong. There is some fouling but no apparent erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 75% of its metal finish. The gun shows much edge wear, primarily at the upper edge of the slide. The finish has thinned quite a bit, but there is no surface rust or mentionable pitting. There is evidence of old erosion on the grip straps. There is some marking on both sides of the frame and the slide stop. The Screw heads are a bit worn, but very serviceable. The markings are clear, though the inspector’s cartouche is light. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, though we have not fired this gun. It’s a Colt 1911 – Of course it works.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One unmarked magazine is included.
Our Assessment: This is the best gun ever made – period. The Colt 1911 changed the world as the first military quality mass produced .45 ACP semi -auto pistol adopted by the US government. This is an early WWI gun, manufactured in 1914, with correct parts and great metal condition. This gun was refinished, likely at an arsenal, but it is still a 1914 Colt Model 1911.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This pistol can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible. This pistol can be transferred to a California resident as a Private Party Transfer at our Simi Valley shop. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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