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

Sold For:  $4,000  |  Ended On: 9/12/2023
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Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 3

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial: 705384

Transition Model

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55

This 1924 Colt M1911 is offered as a pistol only and is an excellent example of the transition model. Complete with the eracorrect barrel. This M1911, a semi-automatic pistol, was part of a contract awarded to Colt to produce 10,000 pistols. It is reported that the serial range is 700,001 – 710,000. This is confirmed by the WTG “Walter T Gordon” inspection mark. It is known the first 2,000 transition models saw a single circled WTG, this one showing the double circle. This transition model saw improvements of the 1911A1, before the A1 was an actual designation. Those improvements being a 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. 

This M1911 is finished in Colts oil-fired oven blue finish and still shows well-polished overall. The single magazine finish is in blue, two-toned, where the top third is left “in the white.” Small areas of silvering can be seen near the muzzle and small areas of spotted surface rust near the main spring housing and front of the grip.

The muzzle shows some holster wear and thinning of the finish, the edges are still sharp, and minimal superficial marks are noted in this area. Overall, the bore is in good condition considering its age, showing grey with sharp rifling. The barrel markings are consistent with that of a 1924 transition model showing both the “HP” and dissembled shows the K under the barrel lug.

Slide lock, safety, and hammer spur, and trigger all show sharp knurling throughout, the mainspring shows some silvering near the butt. 

The markings throughout the pistol read clear, on the right side of the slide “MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY” and on the right side of the frame “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” Serial number: 705384. The WTG in double circle can be seen behind the trigger on the left side of the frame. On the left side of the slide the Colts patent, the rampant pony, and Colts Manufacturing Marks can be seen with a small rash near the Pony. 


The grips are transition grips that show dark walnut, sharp checkering through most of both sides of the grip with some rounding near the bottom. The magazine baseplate shows spotted surface rust that continues through the butt of the pistol.  

Disassembled the internals show clean. The Slide shows “O” and “G” inspection marks along with H on the outside above the firing pin. The frame shows the “H” near the magazine well and “G” near the right side. 

Winning Bid
$4,000 by lumberjack2
Ended On
September 12th, 2023
Bids
6
1276 Views | 4 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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cowboy77

09/12/2023 8:14:28 PM UTC

@lumberjack2 Congrats! Bet it will fit nicely in the collection!

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Safe Queens

09/12/2023 8:13:07 PM UTC

Sold on 09/12/2023 for $4,000 to lumberjack2

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cowboy77

09/12/2023 8:12:49 PM UTC

@BC_Ryder love to see this one going for a good deal!

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BC_Ryder

Seller  09/12/2023 8:10:11 PM UTC

Reserve is off on this one, good luck with the bidding everyone.

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BC_Ryder

Seller  09/12/2023 8:09:04 PM UTC

@cowby77 - It is a clean example. Thank you for the kind words.

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cowboy77

09/12/2023 7:28:35 PM UTC

This one seems real cherry, few minor marks, but really clean considering all!

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lumberjack2

09/12/2023 1:59:14 PM UTC

$4,000 Bid

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Bladeandbarrel

09/09/2023 12:55:50 PM UTC

$3,700 Bid

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lumberjack2

09/09/2023 12:49:45 PM UTC

$3,600 Bid

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Bladeandbarrel

09/09/2023 11:51:25 AM UTC

$3,500 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  08/30/2023 2:36:54 AM UTC

@Cove3rt - Great question. In Charles W. Clawson's Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols, Models of 1911 and 1911A1 third edition, the Author writes.... "Slides were not authorized to be serial numbered, but a few were numbered under the firing pin stop in the same manner as on Colt commercial pistols. These slides were probably numbered in error by a misinformed machinist."

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lumberjack2

08/29/2023 7:40:18 PM UTC

$3,000 Bid

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Cove3rt

08/28/2023 8:38:04 PM UTC

Does anyone know if the slides were numbered on these Colt Transitional models?

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Cove3rt

08/28/2023 7:56:11 PM UTC

$500 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 3

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Grips: Walnut

Finish: Blue

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial: 705384

Transition Model

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55

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