A few months ago, I started a thread on the Savage M1907 .45 acp trials pistols and showed two examples. One was in the white and not numbered. The other was blue finish and #11. Both were sold by Savage Arms Corporation in 1977 from the Savage Arms Collection at the Savage Museum. Here is a link to that thread: http://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...-pistol-collector-s-alternate-fantasy-ot.html
Then, just a couple days ago, I started another thread showing one of only four Savage Arms M1911 pistols ever produced for the final competitive test between Savage and Colt in March 1911. It, too, was from the Savage Arms Collection and museum and sold by Savage in 1977. Here is a link to that thread:
Ideally, all the pistols should have been shown together for readers to better understand the differences in the M1907 and M1911 Savage pistols. However, at the time I started the thread on the M1907 pistols, I had not yet acquired the M1911. Because some readers seemed to have trouble seeing the differences in the two models, I thought I'd try to simplify that with what I think are some helpful images.
Good photos really are worth a 1000 words, so I'll be brief. And by doing so, I hopefully won't show too much of my own ignorance about these pistols! This is, in fact, the first M1911 Savage I've ever had or examined firsthand. So I won't pretend to be a Savage expert. I'll just concentrate on showing some different views...and hopefully, that will make things a little clearer. These pistols truly are rare enough most people have never seen one up close and personal, and knowledge is generally pretty sparse.
Here are a couple images of all three pistols together. The M1907 prototype is on top, the M1911 prototype is in the middle and the regular production M1907 is on the bottom. All three have markings applied by Savage Arms showing they were in the museum and part of the Savage Arms Collection. You'll notice immediately, if you look closely, the M1911 is a totally different pistol than the other two.
The grip on the M1911 prototype is about 1/2" longer than the M1907. The M1907 stocks are held into place with a large grip screw on each side, whereas the M1911 has no visible grip screws.
The M1911 prototype
The barrel ribs and front sights are completely different.
The M1911 prototype
Continued in next post...