"COLT SERVICE MODEL ACE SEMI-AUTO MILITARY PISTOL. SN SM8040. Cal. 22 LR. Scarce parkerized finish with 5" bbl with floating chamber. Slide has usual Ace Company & Patent markings on left side with a rampant Colt and right side is marked "COLT SERVICE / MODEL" "ACE" in a diamond and ".22 LONG / RIFLE". It has standard Ace front sight with a Stevens fully adjustable rear sight. Left side of frame has "G.H.D." (Lt. Col. Guy H. Drewry) inspector initials vertically above magazine release. Right side of frame has "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" above serial number. Fitted with full checkered brown plastic grips with large donuts and is accompanied by two orig full blue Service Model Ace magazines, one of which has scratched initials on one side. Also accompanied by a rare "1917" dated Sears military flap holster with "US" in an oval on flap and maker's name, date & inspector initials in the unusual location on front of holster under flap. Wire hanger for web belt is missing. About 13,500 of these rare revolvers were made in period 1935-1945 with majority being blue finish, making this a rather rare pistol. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 93-95% orig parkerized finish with some light to moderate holster wear, especially around muzzle end of slide & sharp edges with a thinned front strap. Grips are extremely fine showing very light wear. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Holster, missing hanger wire as noted, is extremely fine with slight flexing on flap & retains most of its strong orig russet brown finish. A fine & rare holster. 4-35363 JR171 (3,000-5,000)"
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