Jim R. Collection
Colt M1911 "Transitional" .45 cal. S/N
700004 - manufactured in January of 1924, it was
shipped in a batch of 1000 to the Commanding Officer at
Springfield Armory on January 23-1924 this is gun #4 in a
run of 10,0000 total mfg. Inspector mark is WTG inside a
single circle for Captain Walter T. Gordon, the Barrel is
original and marked with the HP joined together, trigger
guard marked 20. This is an assemblers code. Slide is H
marked above firing pin, and G marked on the bottom, and
MODEL OF 1911 .U.S. ARMY is marked on right side of
slide while the left side is marked PATENTED APR.20,1897.
SEPT.9.1902 DEC.19,1905. FEB.14,1911. AUG.19,1913 - COLT'S
PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT .U.S.A. the receiver is
marked on the right side UNITED STATES PROPERTY No 700004,
the receiver is marked with a H and a G near the disconnect
hole, the grips are original full Checkered Walnut, the
Magazine is a standard two tone.
Close-up of serial number and United States Property mark.
Close-up of right side slide marking
Vertical "H" on rear of the slide.
The slide has a matching serial number under the firing pin
retainer. This is fairly unique as slides were not
authorized to be serial numbered. Most in this production
run do not have numbered slides.
Close-up of left side slide markings
The earliest style WTG inspection mark.
Captain Walter T. Gorton was the Army inspector of ordnance
from December 5, 1921 to March 3, 1926. The later ordnance
mark on these pistols is surrounded by an outer circle.
Number 20 on right trigger guard.
Underside of frame.
Top of slide
The barrel is original and marked with the HP joined
Front grip strap.