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    Where have you been hiding all these years?.....

    Here's a 1st year Colt M1911 that shipped 21 December 1912 to Springfield Armory. From there, I'm not sure where the pistol went...or where it's been for the last 107 years. But it sure didn't end up being carried in a holster, and apparently was only fired a few times.

    Rarely do you come across a pistol that shows no holster wear. This one has a slight rub on the top of the front sight that probably indicates in was at least holstered a few times, but there are virtually no M1912 or M1916 holster wear patterns. The old girl has aged pretty gracefully. The finish is freckled in a few places, but overall, the condition is nearly unused. It's not often I ever see a 1912 pistol with a 100% finish backstrap. The entire back end of the pistol has virtually all its finish...and isn't even freckled.

    All parts are original. The barrel rates new condition, with just enough of a wear patterns to verify it is original and matching to both the slide and receiver. The bore looks like it was ever fired. The keyhole mag with the pistol is about the same condition. The base plate has aged and the bright, reflective finish on top of the early type 1 follower has flaked off a bit. But otherwise the magazine is excellent and matches the condition of the gun.

    Makes me wonder where she's been all these years. I was contacted 5 or 6 weeks ago by the owner who was wishing to sell. He flew in for a visit this week and ended up flying back home without the pistol. He was a real nice fellow. All he could tell me is he purchased it a few years ago from a former gun shop owner who'd passed away since. So no real history beyond that.

    Here are a few of the 65 pictures I uploaded to my site. I thought it was a great example to use for comparison purposes when considering other early pistols.



    The early H only barrel and matching wear patterns





    The keyhole mag

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    Great find. I never see them like this, except in collections like yours. Congrats.

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    Outstanding Find!
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    Wow, congratulations! That is a really great find.
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    Wow, That is superb ! It's nice to see a reference standard, thanks for sharing Scott.

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    An amazingly rare find indeed !!

    Thanks for sharing that beauty with us Scott...

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    I saw your title and said to myself OOOOH this is going to be good. I was right. I read all 5 paragraphs with anticipation before I scrolled the pictures up and I was not disappointed. This is what we all want to stumble across someday. Congrats on a most excellent example and thanks for sharing as always! Thanks for posting pics of the magazine, it confirmed that the lower blue line 2 tone mags are correct. That matches one I just picked up. Is that an early type 2 or late?
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    Ok Scott, I think it’s about time for you to stop collecting these fine pistols. Que to choking sounds as you answer with your hands around my neck ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buickgsman View Post
    ... Is that an early type 2 or late?
    The mag in my pistol is an early keyhole w/o the indent.
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    Scott,
    You must have the best of all the 1911 collection's any where, you always get the best looking one's out there, always.
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