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Ithaca Colt 1911A1 Rare WWII
This is a good example of an early 1943 production Model 1911A1 pistol that was manufactured by the Ithaca Gun Company using a Colt Model 1911A1 frame. In the later part of 1942 and the beginning of 1943, the Ithaca Gun Company purchased approximately 2200 frames from Colt to increase their production. These pistols are shown in the Colt serial number range with Ithaca inspector/proofmarkings. The slide is Ithaca marked. The right side of the frame is marked "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" over "No. 862893", the front end is marked "M1911A1 US ARMY", and the crossed cannon ordnance proof is behind the right grip. The left side of the frame is stamped "FJA" for Col. Frank J. Atwood (who inspected Ithaca, Remington-Rand and Singer pistols) with a "P" proof next to the magazine catch. The right front of the trigger guard bow is marked with a small "3". It has the early Ithaca arched checkered mainspring housing and Colt style brown plastic checkered grips.
Very fine, with approximately 80% of the faded original GI parkerized finish remaining, with a few spots of heavier holster wear. The grips are very good with a few minor nicks from service use. A very good example of an early original Colt/Ithaca Model 1911A1 pistol.
Handgun Caliber: .45 ACP (.45 Auto)
Manufacturer: Ithaca & Colt