"COLT MODEL 1911 GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN C118602. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with orig 5" bbl, with polished skirt. Slide has usual markings with "1913" the last patent date, on left side. It has orig fixed sights with standard commercial markings on right side with a rampant Colt toward muzzle. Frame has all orig 1911 features with long hammer spur, short grip safety spur & straight mainspring housing with lanyard loop in bottom. Fitted with diamond checkered walnut grips & accompanied by an orig unmarked 2-tone magazine. Produced in 1919 after the WWI armistice when factories were returning to full commercial production and the old skilled workers were back to hand finishing their product, this pistol is the result of that skill & care taken when it was built. It is an outstanding example of a 1911 style commercial pistol. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Has been fired, but very little leaving virtually all of its orig blue on breech face with ramp still polished bright from orig fitting. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig Colt charcoal blue with only a few minor scratches below slidelock where some clod, not knowing the proper method of removal, tried to pry it out. There are a couple of very minor scratches on opposite side by the slide lock stud hole, otherwise there is only faint muzzle edge wear on slide & very faint sharp edge wear elsewhere with one small scratch on front strap. Grips are crisp showing extremely light wear. Grip screws retain about 98% orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Magazine appears new, may have never been loaded. An extraordinary example. 4-37255 JR452 (3,500-5,500)"
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