POTD: Two-Digit Serial Number 95 U.S. Colt Model 1911 Pistol


POTD: Two-Digit Serial Number 95 U.S. Colt Model 1911 Pistol

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Today we have this Colt 1911. It is not just any M1911, however. This is a U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 pistol with the two-digit serial number of 95. That is astonishing not because it is such an early serial number (dating back to early 1912), but because this is serial number 95, it is from over 100 years ago, and it looks brand spanking new! This early 1911 shows off a lot of early U.S. Contract Colt 1911 features such as the lanyard loop magazines, glossy bright finish, and nitre blued small parts that just burst with color.

“Assembled very early in 1912, this is a very fine example of an extremely early production U.S. Contract Colt Model 1911 pistol. This pistol was also included in the second shipment of 50 pistols sent to Springfield Armory on 18 January 1912. The pistol was then subsequently shipped from Springfield Armory on 2 April 1912 to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia, near its border with Tennessee.”

Photo Courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company


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