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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - December 2003
Colt Model 1911A1 U.S. ARMY
1939 Navy Contract
Serial Number 716796

Colt Model 1911A1 S/N 716796 1939 Navy Contract - This is one of 3,636 pistols produced in this contract.  It was in a shipment of 1,088 pistols shipped on December 18, 1939 to the Officer in Charge, Naval Supply Depot, Sewalls Point, VA.  Slide has a matching serial number,

At approximately serial number 713646, all pistols were marked with an "R" in an oval near the disconnector hole for the provisional inspector Major Charles S. Reed, Officer of Outside Inspection assigned to Colt.  "G" signifying Government Contract is also present.

 

 

Right side of pistol showing the shortened wide spur hammer.  The hammer modification began with this contract

Pistol is "P" proofed on top of the slide in front of the rear sight and above the magazine catch.  Also note the "H" inspector's initial of Federick W. Hauff on the left side to the right of the magazine catch.  This was applied upon final ordnance inspection. Colt "VP" Verified Proof mark on upper left flat of the trigger guard.

Small "G" proof ahead of lug.  Barrel also marked "COLT 45 AUTO" on left side and "P" on left lug.

Close-up of serial number and United States Property mark.

P proof on top of the slide forward of the rear sight.

Close-up of grip safety and rear of slide, hammer, etc..

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