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Colt Government Model National Match .45 ACP - Swartz Safety, Serial Number C188041

Mike Dolfi Collection, Photos by Rich DiFlorio

Colt National Match Serial Number C188041 with Swartz Safety and fixed sights, blued finish and checkered walnut grips.  Slide is numbered to the frame.  Match grade trigger, checkered with hand honed action.

Colt National Match Serial Number C188041 -This National Match was furnished with a new safety device (Swartz Safety), manufactured on November 18, 1937 and was a single gun shipment to Stambaugh Thompson Hardware Co., Youngstown, Ohio on November 23, 1937.

 

Colt National Match Serial Number C188041 - Slide is numbered to the frame. 

Notice that a standard feature of the National Match is that the mainspring housing is not fitted with a lanyard loop.

Colt National Match Serial Number C188041 left side.

Original National Match barrel marked "COLT 45 AUTO MATCH" with "MB" in a circle on the left barrel lug.

Small "0" on the forward top part of the polished chamber.

Match Grade Barrel with some additional markings.  Notice the small number "2" on the polished side of the barrel chamber.

Original National Match barrel marked "S" laying down on the right barrel lug.

National Match slide C188041 has plunger for Swartz Safety (above).  National Match slide C188054 (below) was made without the Swartz safety and does not have the plunger milled in to the underside of the slide.  Each pre-WWII National Match pistol had a polished firing pin housing.

View of Swartz Safety on National Match frame of C188041 (above).  Safety hole is located almost on top of the stamped "G".  Compare to National Match frame of C188054 (below), which was made without the Swartz Safety.

Disconnector and top of frame with "G" mark from C188054.  Note:  No Swartz Safety.

Original commercial two-tone magazine marked "COLT" over "45 AUTO."

Grip safety and checkered mainspring housing.

Front grip strap.

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