"COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO MILITARY PISTOL. SN 5422. Cal. 45 ACP. Built in 1912 for the 4th Navy Contract, this fine early pistol has its orig slide with last patent date "1911" and its orig thin front sight & rnd top rear sight. It has usual markings with a rampant Colt in a circle on left rear of slide & "MODEL 1911 U.S. NAVY" on right side. Left front side of frame has "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" and the "WGP" (Maj. Walter G. Penfield) inspector initials above magazine release. Serial number is located on right front side of frame and it has the modified orig magazine release retainer pin. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips. Bbl has proper "P" & "H" inspector initials perpendicular to bore with a "J" inspector initial on the lug. Accompanied by a Model 1914 Mills canvas swivel holster with blackened tip, swivel stud & snap, missing lanyard strap. Also accompanied by a very early keyhole slot lanyard loop magazine. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Slide retains about 80% strong orig blue with muzzle edge & sharp edge wear & some thinning around ejection port. Frame retains 70-75% strong orig blue with a gray front strap with some pitting around bottom. Mainspring housing retains about 50% thin orig blue. Grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear & dark oil staining. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of light pitting. Magazine is mostly a gray patina. Holster is sound with some minor damage to binding on flap with light soil on canvas. Brass tip retains about 75% orig blacking. 4-35004 JR143 (3,500-5,000)"
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