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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. 

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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!

 


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Woah, that is what I would call a beautiful gun, I would even hire a writer to work on all my tasks while I played with this bad boy in the shooting grounds.

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I appreciate your post, and I hope as you described safe to use they will be. I was looking for some expert essay help for relevant topic, your post really helped.

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I understand nothing is guns too but it looks like this one is really very cool! Old but great one!

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02/19/2017 6:54am

This gun is pretty old but I am sure it's very reliable. It was nice to read this post.

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Good work by the blog writer! such a nice and informative article keep sharing more articles.

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08/15/2017 8:37am

My grandfather was also a soldier. He entered the military training just because of his parent's desire. He never wanted it. He wanted to take up architecture and follow his passion through it. But He was not able to pursue it. So in the end, he became a general in the army. I asked him, "how did it happen? You said you never liked it but you did became one of the coolest there yoshi?", I said. And then he replied to me, "it was because of the gun". I was asking myself what's with the gun. And he continued his story, his father was shot. So by then on, he pursued army.

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