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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