1946 Colt M1911-A1 Government Model Military/Commercial Transition
Guns International #: 100670023 Seller's Inventory #: 579
Category: Colt Pistols - 1911 - Colt Pistols - 1911 Pre-45
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One of the first post war commercial Colt 1911-A1s #C220,603. Colt re-started commercial production in October 1946 with serial Number C220,001. These rare pistols have very interesting and unique characteristics. This pistol has approximately 96% original Finish.
This is a 100% original item that I secured from along time collector. Super rare to find one but in this condition almost impossible.
Rarer than Union Switch and signal
About this Colt Variation:
The first approximately 2000 commercial pistols made after the war ended were actually military pistols in various stages of manufacture at wars end and were completed with commercial serial numbers in 1946 as commercial pistols. The slides of these pistols had the rampant Colt symbol marked on both sides of the slide. The right slide had the normal wartime marking with patent dates near the front and the Colts address to the rear of the rampant Colt symbol. The right side was marked “COLT AUTOMATIC CALIBRE .45”. All of the external surfaces except the top of the slide were polished to a bit less than a mirror finish with the top of the slide being finished in a dull non reflective matte. The complete pistol was finished with a chemical bluing process. Many of the small parts were military leftovers, such as slide stops, and triggers. Due to the fact that they were what was left after military production halted, its basically a GI 1911A1 with a commercial finish. These pistols are a record of the transition from military production to post war commercial production. After WWI the government reclaimed all unfinished parts and pistols, not so in WWII. Colts had maintained commercial production throughout WWI during WWII Colts had suspended commercial production for the duration of the war by order of the U.S. Government on January 23rd, 1942. After WWII the government did not reclaim the parts on the production line and Colts ended up utilizing these military parts in their commercial production. Clawson details these early post war guns. Reference Charles Clawsons “Colt .45 Government Models”.
Serial Number: 220637
Caliber: 45 acp