"COLT MODEL 1911 SPRINGFIELD ARMORY MANUFACTURED IN 1916. SN 126977. Cal. 45 ACP. Springfield Armory was the second of four manufacturers during WWI. This particular piece was manufactured in late 1916 and retains a very pleasing appearance. The following small parts are "S" marked, as should be, the hammer, trigger, main spring housing, safety, grip safety, extractor, and firing pin stop. Bbl is a Colt replacement of approximately the same manufacture. I have little doubt that this was mixed up during a cleaning at some time. Left grip also appears to be a replacement, being that the upper diamond is 3-1/2" where as the normal Springfield is 4". Magazine is also a replacement but of the period. PROVENANCE: Stern Collection. CONDITION: Retains approximately 80-85% of the orig Springfield Armory rust blue with some spotting and a couple of small nicks on the slide.ááFrame shows slightly better with approximately 85% blue with the major wear being on the grip safety.ááOverall a very reasonable and pleasing Springfield 1911 that, with a little help, could be a very fine handgun.ááMechanics are crisp and bore is bright and shiny. 4-34141 BK100 (3,000-4,500)"
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