RARE COLT 1911 FROM ARGENTINE 1941 NAVY CONTRACT with the Swartz Safety device
Guns International #: 101631697 Seller's Inventory #: C140
Category: Colt Pistols - 1911 - Colt Pistols - 1911 Pre-45
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Seller: LeRoy Merz Antique Guns
Company: Merz Antique Guns
Member Since: 10/27/09
First Name: LeRoy
Last Name: Merz
Country: United States
Phone: (218) 739-3255
Fax: (218) 739-4599
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Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: Money orders, cashier or personal checks
In 1941 the Argentine Naval Commission purchased 500 “off the shelf” Government Model pistols and hand engraved them with “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA/ARMADA NACIONAL – 1941” and stamped the top of slide with the Argentine crest. Of these 500 pistols that were made most were recalled for inspection and parkerized leaving the existing supply of Colt made and factory blue models even smaller. It is interesting to note that this pistol is equipped with the Swartz Safety device (this was an early firing pin safety which locked the firing pin unless the grip safety was squeezed). Colt’s production ledgers listed only 416 Government pistols with this safety device. These pistols are a rarity today particularly in original finish. 45 ACP with 5 inch barrel. Fine bore and a crisp action. This is a scarce Colt made commercial pistol that is seldom encountered in original condition. This is one of the hardest Colts to find – even rarer than the Singer!
Leroy Merz Antique Firearms specializes in antique and vintage Winchesters and other fine American firearms. Since 1965 Mr. Merz has taken part in the world of firearms and has been a contributor to many well known reference books. We have hundreds of additional guns in every price range at our home online. Search for Merz Antiques in google.
Price: $ 6,000.