So I thought I would share this with others who would appreciate it. A customer brought me this and just wanted a once over to make sure it was safe to shoot. I asked the gentleman what he knew about the gun, and he replied "not much, my father-in-law was in the Navy during WWII and this is what he carried." I looked up the serial number, (as I usually do for my own curiosity) and found it was a Colt Model 1911A1 Military from 1924 (Transition year). Only 10,000 were made that year and last 1,000 of those where reserved for National Match use. (this one is not part of the last 1,000) Colt did not make another 1911 for the US military until 1937. 

The WTG is an inspector's mark enclosed within a double circle are the initials of Captain Walter T. Gorton, Inspector of Ordnance from December 5, 1921 to March 3, 1926. H and G on top of frame, H above firing pin stop plate, G inside slide. This one has all the right marks in the right place. It even has the fully checkered walnut grips. The barrel looks correct but has not markings so not 100% sure it is the original. Even the magazine has the right aging on it too.

I thought all this was really cool and the oldest 1911 I have ever worked on. When I called the customer to tell him all that I had found out he said "Wow" followed by "so, I can still shoot it right?" I explained that the gun was very solid even with some slight blemishes to the finish and that it still had oil in the right spots and it is in very good working order. 

Happy customer and a very cool gun, I just wish it could talk!