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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - May 2017
Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Navy .45 ACP - Serial Number 7403 (ca. 1912)

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - This pistol was part of the fifth Navy contract of 1000 guns shipped to the U.S. Navy, General Storekeeper, U.S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 5, 1912.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Factory Letter documenting the shipping details.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - The mark of Army Inspector of Ordnance Major Walter G. Penfield.  Penfield inspected these pistols from January 2, 1911 - September 30, 1914.  Serial numbers of Model 1911 pistols inspected 1 - 101500.  "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" mark on the frame and early patent dates terminating with date of Feb. 14, 1911.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Close-up of serial number "No. 7403" on forward right side of the frame.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 -  Pistol has early Rampant Colt in circle on left rear of slide.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - The mark of Army Inspector of Ordnance Major Walter G. Penfield.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - The mark of Army Inspector of Ordnance Major Walter G. Penfield. (close-up)

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Top of slide.

 

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Original non-serifed vertical "H" marked barrel.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Mainspring housing and part of grip safety.

 

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Front grip strap.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Trigger and trigger guard.

 

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Front of slide and muzzle.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Right side view pictured with original key hole magazine.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Original key hole magazine showing keyhole cut and feed ramp.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Original key hole magazine showing view of spine with keyhole cut.

Colt Model 1911 of U.S. Navy Serial Number 7403 - Original key hole magazine base showing lanyard loop.

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