1927 Colt 1911A1
In 1927 Colt manufactured 10,000 1911A1s for the
Argentinean Army. This contract is unique in that it had its own serial number
range starting at serial of: 1 to 10,000, and the pistols were marked in
accordance with Argentine requirements. The
only normal Colts markings are the standard left hand slide legend. These guns
have the serial numbers in three places, the barrel, the slide and on the
receiver frame under the main spring housing. Also notice the G marking on top of the receiver that would
normally indicate “Government Order”.
The corresponding mark under the slide is faint enough that it cannot
be identified precisely and may be a “S” for
“Sales”. Under the left
stock, and around the upper grip screw bushing are the three commercial
inspection marks normally applied to visible areas of the pistol.
Below the bushing if the Colts “Verified” proof mark, “VP”
normally applied to the upper left trigger guard bow just below the final
inspector’s mark. Behind the
bushing is the Colts final inspectors mark, “S” (normally applied at the
top of the left trigger guard bow.) In
front of the bushing, is the Colts assemblers mark, “20” normally applied
to the top right trigger guard bow. This pistol does show the normal Colts
“Prancing Pony” on the left. Most of these pistols observed have been
refinished, but the example shown in Clawson appears to retain the original
finish as well as the “Prancing Colt”.
Notice the RA in a circle stamp on the receiver, barrel, and hammer.
This marking indicates “Republic Argentina” and was applied by
Argentinean inspectors at Colts.
These “Modello 1927”, made in Hartford, by Colts, pistols should not be confused with pistols made in Argentina under license from Colts, and marked D.G.F.M. Both pistols are quality products and generally interchange, but there is a perceived difference in value between the two. Reference Charles Clawsons “Colt .45 Service pistols”.
**Be careful as there are also 1911A1s that where actually manufactured in Argentina under license from Colt.