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Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Army .45 ACP - Serial Number 4 (ca. 1912)

Model of 1911 U.S. Army serial number 1024 (circa. 1912)  Pistol features first style large UNITED STATES PROPERTY roll mark, early high polish finish and fire blued small parts.   This pistol was one of the first 50 shipped January 4, 1912 in the first shipment to Springfield Armory.
SN Range Shipped To Shipping Date
1 - 50 Springfield Armory January 4, 1912
51 - 100 Springfield Armory January 18, 1912
101 - 300 Springfield Armory February 3, 1912
301 - 500 Springfield Armory February 15, 1912
501 - 1000 U.S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn March 7, 1912
1001 - 1200 Springfield Armory March 21, 1912

On the earliest examples, the serial number was located on the forward right side of the frame.

Left side.  This example bears the ordnance mark W.G.P., for Major Walter G. Penfield, in the form of a monogram stamped on the left side of the frame above the magazine release.  The earliest variation of this marking is rotated 45 degrees to the right when compared to the same marking on later pistols.  Penfield inspected these pistols from January 2, 1911 - September 30, 1914.  Serial numbers of Model 1911 pistols inspected range from 1 - 101500.

Approximately the first 100 Model of 1911 U.S. Army pistols were marked with the large UNITED STATES PROPERTY roll mark on the left forward flat of the frame.


Left side close-up.  Colt logo in a circle on the left side of the slide behind serrations until January 1913, approximately serial number 20000.

Correct style exposed base lanyard loop magazine for the early 1911 Colt pistols.

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