Originally Posted by martin08
Colt definitely had the advantage as they (a) had JMB on their team (b) he literally invented the .45 ACP cartridge (c) he and Colt had been developing and testing for several years (d) their offering was a production gun, not an experimental/prototypeMore appropriate would be a 1905/07 trials gun (calling tedm) but I don't have one (yet?)... the 1911 was still a few iterations away at this point
Next best is this 1905 (#413) that was on "loan account" to US Army Colonel E.J. Dimick or Dimmick who was probably involved in the procurement effort. Unfortunately it has a replacement slide, pitting, refinish, etc. but it served its purpose as my first "old gun" purchase which led getting an FFL-03.