This Colt Government Model serial number C 59176,
was probably shipped in August of 1916. Most all of the Colts in the serial
number range from C23,000 to C89,000 where shipped to foreign Governments
(England, France, Argentina, Norway, and especially Russia who purchased
approximately 51,100 pistols) for use in early WWI. Pistol C59176 is the lowest
number Government Model serial number I have examined in the Pacific Northwest.
The pistol appears to be in completely original through-out although in well
used condition. This pistol has a normal Colts Manufacturing Co. Commercial
lanyard loop magazine that was supplied with Government Models between about
serial #C3500 and C95000. These
Commercial lanyard loop magazines can be distinguished from their military
counterpart by the fine polishing of the outer surfaces compared to the
non-reflective brushing of the military magazines.
|From the T. Moore collection|
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