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WTS WA 1911 Colt Government Model Commercial 1912, " First year Issue"

Discussion in 'Handgun Classifieds' started by PROSPECTOR1, May 29, 2014.

  1. PROSPECTOR1

    PROSPECTOR1 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    ***SOLD***
    This is a First Year Issue 1911 Colt Government Model Commercial, with a four digit serial number C1623, manufactured in 1912.
    The Colt Government Model was introduced in 1912 and was quite successful. When WWI ended there were many veterans who were comfortable with the big .45 Auto and N.R.A. sponsored shooting matches became quite popular. However, shooting bulls eye targets at fixed ranges demanded a level of accuracy that was often missing from the standard Government Model. Early 1911 gunsmiths like Pachmayr and Buchanan would fit better sights and barrels to improve performance. A survey of the Colt shipping records of the 1920’s show many special order guns with tweaked trigger pulls, match barrels, and wider sights to improve functionality.

    The Colt Fractory Letter included with this piece of history authenticates this 1912 Colt Government Model serial No.C1623 and that it was originally shipped from Colt in a shipment of (1) to W.F. Sheard of Tacoma Washington on January 22, 1913

    On my limited research I found that W.F. Sheard was a gun dealer in Tacoma Washington, who patented and manufactured several different rifle sights. His sights were available on some of the Winchester 1894 rifles. In 1900 he was granted a patent for his gold-bead front sight, a professional shooter, trophy hunter, guide, outfitter, taxidermist and fur trader whose customers included the Vanderbilt's, Astor's, and Russian nobility. He was also something of a big-game hunter. He had a shop located in Livingston, Montana, 1882-1893, and Tacoma, Washington, from 1893.

    From the information contained in the Colt Factory Letter this 1911 Colt Government Model Commercial 1st Year Issue could have been a personal gun used by W. F. Sheard or a Special Order gun that was customized by him for someone else??? The front sight looks like a Dovetail Sheard sight that could have been invented by William F. Sheard. The Lanyard loop mag did not originally come with it and was bought later. It still has original finish on the Slide and receiver and on some of the small parts it has its original high polished bright Fire blued (Cobalt Color) appearance as on the Colt Commercial #1 to #2400.
    There’s lots of research left to be done on this amazing piece of History that’s looking for a good home that can appreciate its historical value and pass it on to future generations.
    No Trades.

    ***SOLD***

    FFL - buyer pays fees
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  2. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty cool knowing the history thanks for sharing good luck with the sale.
     
  3. DadDuck

    DadDuck portland or Member

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    Im Drooling! You can have my firstborn in trade!
     
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  4. PROSPECTOR1

    PROSPECTOR1 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Yes, especially since I traded my first born to get it! :)
     
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  5. balline36m3

    balline36m3 Yakima WA Active Member

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    Great gun and history on it. GLWS
     
  6. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    I remember being fortunate enough to see this one in person. Amazing firearm.
     
  7. kummje

    kummje Beaverton Active Member

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    Amazing condition.
     
  8. fireninja13

    fireninja13 Newberg / Portland Metro Active Member

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    That is someone's Grail Gun -- what a beautiful weapon. GLWYS!
     
  9. gunjunky

    gunjunky Arlington, WA Active Member

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    That is one very cool piece of history.

    Investment quality firearms are something I strive for, wish I could swing it.
     
  10. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    never fails. these things always seem to come up when I have no money!!!:mad:. There is also a triple digit SN colt on Gun Broker. dude wants ATLEAST 10k for it...
     
  11. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    Amazing to say the least to find one here! Someone is going thru their finances as we speak!
     
  12. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Did this go to GB or is it still available?
     
  13. PROSPECTOR1

    PROSPECTOR1 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Yes it was on GB. I removed it because I was starting to think about keeping it but for now it's still available.
     
  14. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Reply sent
     
  15. atuna69

    atuna69 Southern OR Member

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    What a cool gun. Great piece of history for a 1911 lover.
     
  16. Shinobi29

    Shinobi29 Portland New Member

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    Simply beautiful.
     
  17. kaz440

    kaz440 Vancouver Wa Member

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    Awesome piece of 1911 history!
     
  18. Benihaus

    Benihaus Portland American

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    Stunner.
     
  19. tommy98466

    tommy98466 University Place, WA Active Member

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    Nice firearm. The problem with WA. buyers now is that a transfer at an FFL also lets you pay the sales tax on the transfer. On the whole cost of the gun.
     
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