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Colt M1911A1 U.S. Army 1941 .45ACP

Sold For:  $4,000  |  Ended On: 10/20/2023
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Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 8

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Finish: Parkerized

Grips: Plastic

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 756621

G Stamped Barrel

W.B. Stamped Frame

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

This Colt M1911A1 U.S. Army is an excellent Pre-War example of a those issued to the U.S. military in 1941. Colts’ serial lookup positions this pistol as an early W.B. marked M1911A1. The inspector stamp of W.B. is for Colonel Waldemar S. Broberg.  He was the Army Inspector of Ordnance from July 1st, 1941 to June 16th, 1942 in the Hartford / Springfield Ordnance District. This Colt M1911A1 considering the age, and perceived life of events, would be a terrific addition to any collection, only showing finish silvering and consistent with normal wear patterns.
M1911A1 U.S. Army Left Side

This M1911A1 is finished in the U.S. Military’s Parkerized Finish and wears the standard plastic checkered grips. This finish shows smooth throughout the gun, with silvering “patina” throughout the high edges which brings out the character of the firearm nicely. The details and small parts of this gun still show sharp edges despite the high edge silvering, consider the sharp serrations on the slide and checkering on the trigger, slide lock, and hammer. 

Colt Patent Mark

The slides left side shows Colts 2-line patent and address framing the Rampant Colt. The frame shows a sharp “VP verified proof, the W.B. cartouche, with a silver stripe, from the slide lock. A “P” can be seen to the right of the magazine release. The right side of the Colt M1911, the Serial number “No 756621” under “United States Property” to the right the model mark can be seen easily “M1911A1 U.S. ARMY” 

Parkerized Colt M1911 Grip and Hammer

The muzzle and front edges of the firearm show what is commonly associated with holster wear. Upon closer inspection despite the thinning around the muzzle, the leading edges still show sharp. The half-moon front sight, show straight edges. The most concentrated area of thinning can be noted on the slides “dust cover” and the frame leading edge. 

Colt 1911 Muzzle

The grip area of the Colt M1911 shows bright plastic grips with strong checkering throughout with no major handling marks. A small area of flattening and a few handling marks can be noted near the grip frame pin. Screw heads throughout show silvering, but straight lines with minimal tool marks. 

Colt M1911 Plastic Grip

The barrel, still showing strong rifling, grey in color. Shows a “G” directly under the barrel lug. Dissembled the frame shows both an “H” and “G” inspection marks, near the mag well. The M1911A1 comes with a single magazine, finished in blue with and “s” marked toe. 

M1911A1

Winning Bid
$4,000 by mccancem
Ended On
October 20th, 2023
Bids
24
1494 Views | 12 Watchers

Comments & Questions

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cowboy77

10/23/2023 5:04:28 PM UTC

@mccancem Glad you were able to win this one and thank you for sharing. I bet your father would be excited to see this added to the 1911 collection. Congrats again!

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mccancem

10/20/2023 8:30:07 PM UTC

Have several 1911 but not this early

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mccancem

10/20/2023 8:29:15 PM UTC

Thanks...my dad was a tanker in WW2. He said they were in old tank and gave him an old pistol like this one. Died in 1985, he would have like to see and hold.

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cowboy77

10/20/2023 8:14:50 PM UTC

That was intense! So fun to watch, good show guys!! Congrats to @mccancem great add to the collection.

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BC_Ryder

Seller  10/20/2023 8:13:22 PM UTC

@mccancem - Congratulations, will be in touch shortly. To everyone else who bid, thank you!

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Safe Queens

10/20/2023 8:12:23 PM UTC

Sold on 10/20/2023 for $4,000 to mccancem

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mccancem

10/20/2023 8:10:01 PM UTC

$4,000 Bid

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KENNYB

10/20/2023 8:08:07 PM UTC

$3,600 Bid

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mccancem

10/20/2023 8:06:10 PM UTC

$3,500 Bid

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KENNYB

10/20/2023 8:04:21 PM UTC

$3,200 Bid

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mccancem

10/20/2023 8:03:47 PM UTC

$3,100 Bid

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cowboy77

10/20/2023 8:03:17 PM UTC

This is really heating up! Wish I had cash to play!

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KENNYB

10/20/2023 8:01:57 PM UTC

$2,700 Bid

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Puffnstuff

10/20/2023 8:00:43 PM UTC

$2,600 Bid

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mccancem

10/20/2023 7:59:26 PM UTC

$2,500 Bid

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vet-72

10/20/2023 7:59:20 PM UTC

$2,200 Bid

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Puffnstuff

10/20/2023 7:56:25 PM UTC

$2,100 Bid

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mccancem

10/20/2023 7:55:23 PM UTC

$2,000 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  10/20/2023 6:05:13 PM UTC

Thank you to everyone for their bids and questions. Reserve has been met on this one, it will be selling today.

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KENNYB

10/20/2023 12:50:29 PM UTC

$1,450 Bid

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vet-72

10/20/2023 2:11:07 AM UTC

$1,350 Bid

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mccancem

10/20/2023 12:41:59 AM UTC

$1,250 Bid

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KENNYB

10/17/2023 3:42:17 PM UTC

$1,150 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  10/13/2023 11:15:33 PM UTC

@1911Luger – Thank you for your question. This is an early example of a parkerized M1911A1. In Clawson's big book he states “During the transition period, blued and parkerized parts were intermixed, but the receiver and slide always required the same type of finish. The barrel on this Colt is blue as it should be. Left side is marked “COLT 45 AUTO” with a G forward the lug. There is a “P” stamped on the left side of the lug. I have not swapped out any parts on this pistol and it’s in the same configuration on how I bought it.

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1911Luger

10/13/2023 7:47:32 PM UTC

Some parts clearly have different, darker finish, grip safety, thumb safety, magazine release (visible from both left and right side) and of course the barrel. Are these replacement parts? Specifically, has the barrel been replaced?

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vet-72

10/13/2023 2:50:50 PM UTC

$1,050 Bid

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Ponyup

10/13/2023 1:28:49 PM UTC

$999 Bid

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KENNYB

10/05/2023 1:42:16 PM UTC

$900 Bid

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Andrew77

10/03/2023 7:59:33 PM UTC

$850 Bid

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vet-72

10/03/2023 2:54:52 PM UTC

$800 Bid

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GBB

10/03/2023 2:07:40 PM UTC

$475 Bid

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mccancem

09/29/2023 1:47:32 PM UTC

$450 Bid

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vet-72

09/29/2023 3:06:05 AM UTC

$425 Bid

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BC_Ryder

Seller  09/28/2023 3:53:01 AM UTC

@Andrew77 - The M1911A1 fixed a lot of the frame and slide cracking issues that the M1911 was prone to. I have put a lot of standard velocity, 230 grain ball ammo rounds down range with one of my WWII range pistols without any issues. It would be a good idea to get the pistol inspected by a local gunsmith before firing.

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Andrew77

09/27/2023 11:42:02 PM UTC

This may be a silly question but are these still safe to fire with modern ammo?

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Andrew77

09/27/2023 11:35:30 PM UTC

$400 Bid

Details From The Safe

Seller: BC_Ryder

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Lot #: 8

Known Details

Caliber: .45 ACP

Finish: Parkerized

Grips: Plastic

Barrel Length: 5"

Round Capacity: 7

Class: Curio & Relic

Serial No: 756621

G Stamped Barrel

W.B. Stamped Frame

Sellers FFL Type: Type 03 FFL

Shipping: UPS Next Day Air : $55.00

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