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1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP No Reserve

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Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 42

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 716948

Dec. 18 1939 Shipment of 1088 units

716194-717281 USN

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

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This 1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol is chambered in .45 ACP with a 7-round capacity. This pistol falls within the serial number range 716194-717281 and was shipped on December 18, 1939. This shipment was known to contain 1,088 pistols to the Officer in Charge, Naval Supply Depot, Sewals Point, Va.  

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The blue finish overall is deep through the slide and frame, showing thinning on the front strap, and some light silvering on leading edges of the muzzle however they retain sharpness.  

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The markings on this pistol are as follows: Left side of the slide reads Colts patent and address, divided by the rampant colt. “PATENTED APR. 20, 1897. SEPT. 9, 1902 DEC.19,1905. FEB.14, 1911. AUG.19, 1913” & “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” The left side of the frame wears marks that are noted specific to the 1939 Navy shipped pistols wear an “H” to the left of the magazine catch, between the grip on the frame. Also, a “P” behind the trigger reliefs. This M1911 has a “T” and the “VP” in a triangular cartouche on the left side trigger bow. 

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The right side of the M1911A1 slide is left blank and the frame below reads “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” & “M1911A1 U.S. ARMY”.  On the top of the slide in front of the rear sight there is a “P”. The serial number sits below the USP and reads “No 716948”. Important marks internally near the disconnector are a circled “R”, and a “G” near the disconnector. 

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The slide is matched to the serial number behind the firing pin stop reading “716948”. The internal face of the slide wears additional inspection marks.  

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The barrel is dull however shows strong lands and grooves. It wears the following marks: “COLT 45 AUTO” and a “P” on the left side of the lug. A “G” sits in front of the lug. 

1939 Colt M1911A1 US Navy Pistol .45 ACP

The M1911 grips are in excellent condition, sharp checkers can be seen throughout with minor marks near the bottom edges, no major chipping or flattening is noted on either grip panel. 

The magazine is a two tone, half blue half left in the white, marked with a “B” on the toe of the floor plate. 

Overall, this is an excellent example of the 1939 Navy M1911A1 model that of what is known today as a complete example. This would be an excellent addition to any collection of early military pistols.

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BC_Ryder

Seller  07/08/2024 4:25:12 PM UTC

@SweetOldBob asked the question... "Beautiful pistol. Why do they refer to this as a US Navy pistol when the slide is stamped Us Army ? Based on the 1939 serial #716948 and where shipped ? 1939 range 713626-717281 Colt USN (3636 qty)"

Thank you for the question, yes that is correct. These are often referred to by collectors as a "39' Navy" based on it's shipping destination. Colt did produce some of the early M1911's with the Navy rollmark. That practice stopped back in 1915.

Charles W. Clawson's Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols, Models of 1911 and 1911A1 third edition, the Author writes.... "On January 17, 1912, the Navy Department requested that these pistols be specially marked “U.S. Navy.” The Ordnance Department authorized the first 7,000 pistols to be serial numbered consecutively in alternate lots with those manufactured for the Army. This arrangement was to allow optimum distribution to both services. Consequently, the first 500 pistols were manufactured for the Army, the second 500 for the Navy, etc. The U.S. Navy designation was stamped on the slide of all Navy pistols produced through March 1915, totaling 15,037 pistols with this identifying mark. These serial numbers extended to 110000. An additional 7,942 pistols were delivered to the Navy through 1918 with standard Army marked slides.”

I hope that clarifies the question about the markings on the slide.

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Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 42

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 716948

Dec. 18 1939 Shipment of 1088 units

716194-717281 USN

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

Payment Methods: Personal Check, Cashiers Check, Business Check

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