95. U.S. Model 1911 Navy Contract Pistol by Colt

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serial #10574, 45 ACP, 5" barrel with a bright very good plus to near excellent bore which shows the very beginning of some light frosting within the grooves and some light oxidation in the area of the chamber, it is unmarked but for an inspector's number "3" ahead of the lugs. The metal surfaces retain about 95 to near 97% original blue, the loss is due to some light fading on the frontstrap, some high edge and contact point wear, and near over all, very sparsely scattered light handling marks and scratches along with a few spots of some very light surface oxidation. A couple of the oxidized spots have resulted in some very light pitting, primarily a small spot on the left radius of the slide near the front sight and another small area halfway down the left slide flat. The diamond checkered walnut grips rate very good showing some mild compression of some of the points and some wear along their lower beveled edges. A few of the screws show some slot damage, including the magazine catch screw; the rear edge of the ejection port atop the slide, and the corresponding area of the hood on the barrel which mates to it, show some tool markings, as though something were tapped between the barrel and slide, perhaps in an effort to free a jam; it is unobtrusive and missed at first glance and certainly could be dressed if one wished. Included is a nice two-tone unmarked Colt magazine. This pistol was part of a 1000 gun shipment in November 1912 to the U.S. Navy, General Storekeeper at the U.S. Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Overall a very respectable example of a U.S. Navy contract 1911 still very attractive and in a very fine state of condition. (38100-73) {C&R} [Walter "Walt" Rauch Collection] (5000/7000) SOLD FOR $10,925.00

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