1942 US Army WWII Colt 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5″ Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Vintage Rare

SOLD FOR: $3,075

WOA#: WY240224CC065

Make: Colt

Model: 1911-A1

Serial Number: 814131

Year of Manufacture: 1942 (https://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html)

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Removable Magazine Fed Single Action SA Semi-Automatic Pistol.

Markings: This pistol has “UNITED STATES PROPERTY / No. 814131/ M1911A1 U.S. ARMY” along with the ordnance dept. logo on the right side of the frame, and a “40” on the right side trigger guard. The left side of the slide is marked “PATENTED APR.20.1897.SEPT.9.1902 / DEC.19,1905.FEB.14,1911.AUG,1913. / COLT PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”, and there is “WB / P” on the left side of the frame. The barrel is marked “P” on the chamber and both the frame and slide are marked “G” inside.

Barrel Length: 5”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a small blade with a serrated rear face that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top U-notch that is dovetailed to the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood grips. The grips show no wear. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The back strap is serrated. The grips are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Phosphate/Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates at 9/10

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are no nicks or scratches, there is light finish wear on this pistol and some of the finish on the sharp edges are worn. The safety, slide release, and magazine release are blued instead of phosphated. The trigger and backstrap finish is worn. Overall this pistol rates at about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: 1x 7 Round Magazine

Our Assessment: The Colt 1911A1 became renowned for its reliability, durability, and stopping power, making it a favored sidearm among American soldiers during both World Wars and numerous other conflicts. Its performance and effectiveness in combat earned it the nickname “the greatest handgun ever made” by many firearms enthusiasts.

Despite being officially replaced by more modern firearms in the late 20th century, the Colt 1911A1 remains highly esteemed among collectors, shooters, and military history enthusiasts. Its timeless design, legendary performance, and association with American military history have cemented its status as an enduring symbol of American firearms excellence. Today, the Colt 1911A1 continues to be produced by Colt and other manufacturers, with countless variations and customizations available to suit the preferences of shooters around the world.


1942 US Army WWII Colt 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5" Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Vintage Rare
1942 US Army WWII Colt 1911-A1 .45 ACP 5″ Semi-Auto Pistol C&R Vintage Rare