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WW2 Colt 1911A1 Cut for Swartz Safety (Commercial/Military Variant)

  • Price: $4,995.00
  • Maker: Colt
  • Model: 1911A1
  • Caliber: .45 ACP

  • Description: Serial #860252, .45 ACP, 5” barrel with a very good bore that has some mild freckling within the grooves. This is one of the 6,575 unsold Commercial Model 1911A1 pistols transferred to Colt’s military contract in October of 1942. These pistols had the original “GOVERNMENT MODEL” marking removed (the “L” of “MODEL” is still visible on this example), “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” added in its place, and the original C-prefix serial number removed with a military serial added over it. This example has matching numbers on the slide and frame (slide is numbered under the firing pin plate), with the metal retaining 97-98% of the original parkerized finish. Some silvering is present on the high and exposed edges, as well as along the bearing surfaces. These commercial pistols were all cut for the Swartz Safety, but they were never installed, and this example has the proper cutouts in the frame and slide. The checkered Coltwood grips are in excellent shape with only minor wear and some flattening of the points, and a single magazine is included. The pistol is housed in a Boyt, 1943 dated holster with embossed “US” cover and handwritten initials on the back: “JJP”. The same hand has written a name on the interior: “J.J. PARKER”. John J. Parker was a Staff Sgt. assigned to the HQ Co., 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, and went ashore at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944. The 22nd IR was attached to the 2nd Armored Division for operations in the Cherbourg peninsula, and it was during the fighting there that Sgt. Parker was killed in action on July 11, 1944. He was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal (Posthumous) which was sent to his mother in Mechanicville, NY, and it was in that area that the pistol was purchased. A printout of his service history, and facsimile of his Conspicuous Service Medal file card are included. This is a splendid, rare 1911A1 Commercial/Military variant, and is tentatively identified to a soldier killed in the fighting around Normandy. FFL or C&R