logo
ham
logo

Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model No Reserve

Sold For:  $5,250  |  Ended On: 3/31/2024
main-image

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 33

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 702166

Transition Model

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

Payment Methods: Personal Check, Cashiers Check, Business Check

This Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model is a Semi-Automatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP. The Transition model started production in January 1924, and the final pistols in the contract were delivered in July 1924. This production run included Serial numbers 700,001 –710,000. Colt’s contract was to improve the original production design of 1911, with the known differences in what is referred to after as the M1911A1. Those being shorter trigger, finger relief cutouts behind the trigger, longer grip safety, a shortened hammer spur, a wider front sight, a new arched main spring housing, and the grips were simplified to eliminate the “double diamond” reliefs in the checkered grips. 

Colt M1911 U.S. Army

This U.S. Army M1911 is finished in Colt’s oil-fired oven blue and shows strong throughout the pistol, showing some signs of wear that is to be expect of 100-year-old military side arm. Minimal holster wear and high edge wear makes this a notable example of a transitional model. The most noticeable detraction being some marring under the slide stop, and some thinning on the front strap. 

Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model

The markings on this 1924 Transition 1911 are as follows; The left side of the slide is marked with Colt’s patent and address in two lines separated 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.” Under the slide stop a circled “WTG” for Walter T. Gorton. The right side of the slide wears “MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY” and the frame in front of the grip wears “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” “NO 702166” 

Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model

Other markings that can be found on this Transitional model, are an “H” on the slide above the firing pin stop, internally a “G” & “H” near the disconnector. The barrel is marked with a vertically placed “H” & “P” on the hood, and a “5” near the lug 

Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model

The walnut grips are without double diamond reliefs and are in good condition, they show most of their wear near the bottom’s edges, and chip on the left side near the front strap.  

Colt M1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP Transition Model

The magazine included is two tones, the top half in white and the bottom half in blue.

Colt Magazine
Overall this is a notable example of a hard to come by transitional model 1911. This would be the perfect addition to Colt Collectors focusing on notable m1911 models, or those looking for unique additions to their pre-war collections.  

Winning Bid
$5,250 by JUNA
Ended On
March 31st, 2024
Bids
2
789 Views | 10 Watchers

Comments & Questions

user

Safe Queens

04/01/2024 1:00:55 AM UTC

Sold on 03/31/2024 for $5,250 to JUNA

user

JUNA

04/01/2024 12:09:19 AM UTC

$5,250 Bid

user

BC_Ryder

Seller  03/31/2024 8:20:26 PM UTC

@SAAJ - In Charles W. Clawson's Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols, Models of 1911 and 1911A1 third edition, the Author describes:

"Colt Transition Model – Distinctive Features
HP — Top of chamber as viewed through ejection port.
K — On bottom of most barrels forward of lugs.
(COLLECTORS NOTE: To distinguish between 1924 and 1918
barrels with the same HP mark, 1924 barrels have a slight lip on the
bottom at the sloped end of the chamber. 1918 barrels are smooth at
this juncture).”

To answer your question about Colt never throwing anything away, yes that seems to be the saying. Meaning that they would use leftover parts towards the next generation of pistols. You see this very clearly in the government models that were produced right after WWII concluded.

In my opinion the barrel that’s in the pistol currently is not the same one that it would have originally shipped with. The details from Clawson’s book above align with the transitional models that I have seen in the past.

user

SAAJ

03/31/2024 4:22:22 PM UTC

FYI… I did see a thread on the Colt Forum this morning mentioning the barrel in this pistol was used in pistols from an earlier serial number range.  I’ve heard the phrase that Colt never threw anything away, any chance this might have been a leftover barrel from WWI?

user

mikmont56

03/29/2024 10:34:49 PM UTC

Man. Its funny to think the they thought the original M1911 needed an improvements.

user

rhg1911

03/15/2024 10:25:59 PM UTC

$5,000 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 33

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 702166

Transition Model

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

Payment Methods: Personal Check, Cashiers Check, Business Check

Gallery

Join our mailing list to stay up to date
on the latest auctions and news.

Copyright 2024 Safe Queens LLC