Colt 1911A1 .45 1944 Excellent & All Original

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Auction: 8521441

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Auction Start:
(March 9, 2008 19:11:01 PT)
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(March 22, 2008 19:11:01 PT)

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Guns For Sale - Colt -- 1911A1 .45 1944 Excellent & All Original

Colt 1911A1, SN 1673712 in excellent and original condition. Date of manufacture is October/November 1944. The mechanics of the pistol are in near-new condition with little evidence of firing. The original finish rates 97-98%. The barrel is marked “Colt 45 Auto” with an outstanding bore. The grips and grip screws are excellent. The ordnance wheel and expected “P” proof marks are present. There are only the tiniest hints of wear at some of the sharp edges and a small ding on the top of the slide just forward of the ejection port. There is also some finish discoloration present on the left side of the slide. The magazine is finished blue and marked “L” for M.S. Little Mfg. Co. of Hartford, CT. This pistol is finished with Colt’s improved Parko-Lubrite phosphate finish that was first used in October 1944 as an alternative to standard parkarizing finish. This pistol retains a Parko-Lubrite phosphate-finished bullet feed ramp in lieu of a bright, unfinished feed ramp due to Parko-Lubrite’s exceptionally smooth finish---this is absolutely correct for this serial number range Colt. This is an extremely nice example of a late war Colt 1911A1.

Thanks for looking and please feel free to ask questions. I have provided information below about Parko-Lubrite Phosphate finish from Appendix E of Charles W. Clawson’s "Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols, Models of 1911 and 1911A1".

Clawson’s "Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols", Parko-Lubrite Phosphate Finish, Appendix E:

“Parko-Lubrite phosphate finish is difficult to recognize. The color is virtually identical to parkerizing, but Parko-Lubrite grain is much finer. The surface of a nearly new parkerized Colt feels like extremely fine, almost smooth sandpaper, but Parko-Lubrite is smoother to the touch. When the experiments on Parko-Lubrite finish were conducted in October 1944, the phosphating process was improved and the bullet ramp was not machined after finishing because of the smooth textured surface. Pistol 1673284 may have been the first pistol with improved Parko-Lubrite finish….In conclusion, the improved Parko-Lubrite finish was tested in October 1944 and adopted in December around serial number 1700000, but the serial range overlapped due to out-of-sequence production. A phosphate bullet ramp was only authorized on pistols with Parko-Lubrite finish, therefore, all Colt pistols above serial number 1673000 with a phosphate bullet ramp are Parko-Lubrite finished.”

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    Q:  Hello, you have many fine pictures here, can you direct me to the area or spot where the discoloration is on the left side? Thank you 03/10/2008
        A:  Thanks for the question. You can see two areas of discoloration in photos 15 & 17. One is small and circular directly above the word "Colt's" on the left side of slide and the other area extends along the bottom edge of the slide from the slide lock notch back to the smaller semi-circle notch. I have examined both areas carefully and they are smooth to the touch so I believe the discoloration could be the result of some type of oil or other petroleoum product that may sat on the slide at some point. Another explanation may be that the discoloration is the result of very minor rubbing wear that was so insignificant that it did not disturbed the underlying metal itself but perhaps caused only some discoloring in the parko-lubrite finish. 03/10/2008
    Q:  Nice looking Colt! What parts, if any, are parkerized as opposed to being parko-lubrite? Thx-- 03/10/2008
        A:  The frame and the slide are parko-lubrite finished. I can't say with any certainty whether the smaller parts such as the slide stop and trigger are parkerized vs. parko-lubrite finished though. I just don't know to what extent, if any, how Colt may have used the parko-lubrite finish on the smaller parts. 03/11/2008
    Q:  hello, Is the slide serial number a match to the gun? This number would be located behind the firing pin holder at the rear of the slide. Thanks 03/21/2008
        A:  Hello- This pistol is too late in Colt's production run to have a serial numbered slide. Colt discontinued the practice of numbering their slides around serial # 1,145,000. 03/21/2008