"COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO MILITARY PISTOL. SN 150809. Cal. 45 ACP. Usual configuration with orig bbl that has "PH" proofs parallel with axis of bore. Slide has usual markings with "1913" the last patent date, the rampant Colt at left rear end of slide & orig fixed sights. Right side of slide has usual "U.S. ARMY" markings. Frame has "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" at left front side & the "GHS" (Gilbert H. Stewart) inspector mark just above the magazine release. Fitted with straight mainspring housing, long hammer spur & short grip safety spur. Accompanied by an orig lanyard loop, 2-tone magazine. This pistol was produced in the 1st contract of 1917 and virtually all pistols from that contract were issued & saw hard service through remainder of WWI, WWII and Korea. They remained in service into the 1960's & 1970's before being replaced by the Beretta 9 mm. Rarely is one found in such fine orig condition. PROVENANCE: Doug Smith Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Overall retains about 99% strong orig factory brushed finish blue with only the most faint of muzzle edge wear from simply being handled over the years. Overall appears to be new & unfired. Grips are crisp with one or two chipped diamonds and show very light diamond point wear, again from simple handling. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36117 JR243 (8,000-12,000)"
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