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The Final Colt 1911 from WWI

While cruising the World War I sections of the National Archives, I stumbled upon this photo of a Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol. The gun itself is unremarkable in appearance. It’s just one of 487,714 pistols made by Colt during World War I. It’s the notation on the photograph that makes it special: “Colt .45 pistol; being prepared for production when armistice was signed.” That little piece of provenance makes this one special little pistol.


The video here lays out the history behind the handgun:


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