1918 Colt M1911
Commercial transferred to Government

This pistol was shipped on June 15th, 1918 to the Ordnance Officer at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn New York. Final destination would be the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Europe. One of the unique characteristics of this pistol is that it was originally processed for commercial sales and was then transferred to satisfy the Government order. See  Figure 5 below; the "S" stamp at the 6 o'clock position from the disconnector hole indicates it was indeed a commercial gun. On a standard 1918 government pistol the position would have a "G". Other marks indicate H=Provisional Ordnance inspector mark, T=Assemblers mark, and R=Colt inspectors mark. Notice in Figure 6 the same "T" inspectors mark is also on the slide.

The underside of the slide has a very bright blue finish which is consistent with commercial pistols of that period, see Figure 11. All small parts have a brighter then normal blue sheen to them for a military gun, see Figure 3. All parts including barrel (proper HP stamp, see Figure 9) are original and correct minus the right grip which was manufactured by Springfield Armory, the right grip being replaced is common on 1911s due to the right side being outward facing in the holster and exposed to more ware then the left grip. SA Grip is pictured in Figure 1.


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Figure 7
"H" above firing pin hole is a Sub-inspection mark

Figure 8
Type 1 Eagles Head Inspection Mark

Figure 9
"H" is Provisional mark of F. Hosmer
"P" is the Proof Mark

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Figure 11
From the collection of T. Moore