Colt 1911A1 WWII with Provenance

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(October 13, 2012 13:18:00 PT)
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(October 21, 2012 19:22:45 PT)

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Guns For Sale - Colt -- 1911A1 WWII with Provenance

This Colt Model 1911A1 Serial Number 755262 Automatic Pistol was issued new by the government to my father AJ Boot Jr of the Army Air Corp shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor when he was stationed at Presidio of San Francisco. He carried this weapon hence all through World War II on combat tour in the Pacific Theater; his progress being from Hickam Field, Hawaii to Australia with General MacArthur, to the highlands of New Guinea, to Manila- in the Philippines just a few weeks after its retaking. After the War my father was stationed in various locals across US with one last overseas duty in Greenland from 1949 to 1951 as Deputy Base Commander. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1952 at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. His Military career began in 1932 as an Army Air Corps Flying Cadet at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. As early as June 1941 he became Senior Pilot and Command Pilot January 1948. There was a short civilian break in the late 1930’s when he became a pilot for United Airlines. Various enclosed pictures and records document some the afore-stated times, places, and activities. There are many more than just those shown. The best replica of my father’s combat theater experience can be seen in the very first scene of the 1958 commercial film South Pacific, which shows two pilots in a B-17 carrying a 1911 .45 semi-auto in shoulder holster. This pistol for sale has never left my family, in over 70 years. Gun has been occasionally fired but never touched inside or out except for cleaning, absolutely in original condition. Rifling in bore is excellent. It comes in original US army M3 shoulder holster, but some of the strapping is deteriorated. A Parkerized late 1941 production with Coltwood grips, shipped to Springfield Armory in late 1941 or 1942. Gun has the "W.B." final acceptance mark. Slide serial number matches the frame serial number. It has all proper markings including Colt final inspection proof on trigger guard, “P" marked on top of slide for Colt proof mark. "G" marked on both frame and barrel for being a government contract. Is marked "United States Property, and "M1911A1 US ARMY" on the frame. 1941 was the start of Parkerizing on 1911A1 production pistols. Gun has all original and proper screws, and markings. Near excellent condition. This complete package is regrettably being put up for auction only because I, Albert John Boot III, have no siblings or heirs.

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