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SOLD! $4000! "1912 US Army" Colt 1911 .45 Pistol

"1912 US Army" Colt 1911 .45 "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" Pistol with a Beautiful Warren Leather Goods " 1917 US" holster. in very good condition with some wear and light oxidation. The action seems fully functional and the bore is VERY good. Most early 1911s are screwed with and have many incorrect parts. This is one of the most honest and complete early 1911s that I have ever offered. The slide is correctly marked for a pistol in this serial range with the Colt "pony" in a circle located behind the cocking serrations and the last patent date is FEB.14.1911. Has a nice sharp early “WGP” inspector mark of Army Inspector of Ordnance Major Walter G. Penfield. Penfield inspected these pistols from January 2, 1911 - September 30, 1914. This inspector's mark was correctly done after finishing. Also has the "H" marking on the rear of the slide above the hammer. This is the provisional inspector's mark of Frank Hosmer. Round-top rear sight and narrow/tapered front sight, “short" spur hammer, early safety with sharp/thin thumb piece. Original 15-row checkered walnut stocks are worn as expected given the age. The only part of this pistol observed that is not original to the period is the Kimber magazine. This pistol has a lot of original early bright fine brushed blue finish with corner wear and some old, scattered, light corrosion as shown. 1911s from the pre-World War One era are rarely found with this much original finish remaining. The bore is lightly frosted with strong rifling - 80%. A very sharp early 1911! MFG 1912 This gun sold for $4000 at the February 17 Donley Auctions Firearms Auction.


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