163. Colt Pre-War National Match Semi-Auto Pistol

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serial #C188030, 45 ACP, 5" select match barrel with an excellent bore. This barrel is correctly marked on the left side "COLT 45 AUTO MATCH" and has the "[circle] MB" match barrel symbol on the left lug. Colt only made 4,813 National Match pistols in a nine-year period before the war. This 1937 made pistol has the Swartz Firing Pin Safety and an unusual modification to the grip safety. The metal surfaces retain about 85% plus original blue with the grip frame toning to pewter, light to moderate high edge wear, several areas thinning to smoky gray, a few minor pits and oxidation stains plus a few handling marks. The pistol has later replacement 1911A1 factory WW II era "Coltwood" grips with the large reinforcing rings, support ribs and rate excellent. The Swartz safety is still functional and the slide is correctly numbered to the gun under the firing pin stop. Most of the parts are correct for this gun but there are a few later added features. There are two holes on the bottom of the arched mainspring housing from where the lanyard loop was removed, the left one was enlarged and threaded; the rear sight is unmarked but is a later added drift adjustable high visibility square notch, the front is a serrated ramp with the top half undercut probably to reduce glare. The lower right section of the grip safety was cut about .100" deep x 1/2" long with a small flat stud left protruding. The purpose of this cut and stud escapes us. This fine gun obviously spent some time "punching paper" but was well cared for and given several later upgrades to get the best match performance. Pre-war National Matches are scarce and hail from an era where old world craftsmanship and the era's best technology combined to produce a magnificent product. (88825-149D33327) {MODERN} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $2,530.00

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