Colt Government Model Enhanced XSE 01980XSE .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol

SOLD FOR: $830

WOA#: WY240415AS001

Make: Colt

Model: Government Model Enhanced, 01980XSE

Serial Number: FR33923E

Year of Manufacture: 2014 (

Caliber: .45 ACP

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine

Markings: The right side of the slide is marked ”COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL”. The left side of the slide is marked “GOVERNMENT / -MODEL-”, “COLT”, and “AUTOMATIC / CALIBER 45”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. / FR33923E”. The barrel is marked “-COLT 45 AUTO-“.

Barrel Length: 5″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a bright orange circle around a tritium lamp, dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a deep “U”-notch with two tritium lamps, dovetailed and screw-set to the rear of the slide. The lamps have dimmed significantly. The sights are not original to the gun.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered double-diamond wood panels. A strip of grip-tape has been adhered to the frontstrap. The grips have a few minor marks, mostly in the diamonds. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks in the wood. The grip tape has some wear at the top edge. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition as not original to the gun.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original to the parts, the grip safety and hammer are not original to the gun. Some other small parts may be replacements.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a bit of thinning on some edges. There are some minor nicks and scuffs. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide to frame fit has barely perceptible play. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue plastic Colt box with serial-matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, and a single 7-round Colt magazine.

Our Assessment: Colt’s 1911 served the United States military through two World Wars and several other conflicts, is still in use by some units today, and has become popular with law enforcement, competitors, and recreational shooters across the nation. The design has seen some updates including a firing-pin block safety, higher profile sights, and more ergonomic grips, but the basic design and fantastic trigger remain the same after more than a century. This example is a blued Government Model XSE Enhanced variant with an extended beavertail grip safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, and forward slide serrations. It has been further customized with upgraded sights, a different grip safety, and a Commander-style hammer. Included are the original box and a magazine to get you started. This is a great, feature-rich pistol with a lot of after-market parts and accessories available. It should make a great shooter or addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Colt Government Model Enhanced XSE 01980XSE .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol
Colt Government Model Enhanced XSE 01980XSE .45 ACP 1911 Semi-Auto Pistol