I'm not a 1911 omgomog guy (yet), but this gem was in my lgs today. Orginal 1914. One of ~4k made in Norway for Colt.Notice the small safety, super epic win slide release (if you're righthanded you don't need your left hand to use the release), and 11.25mm markings. Original holster too. The unique history of this firearm got me super excited. If only guns like these with history could talk...the places they've been, the things they've seen, people they've killed in the line of duty, etc, the owners they've had. ******* spring in that sucker too.
Pics suck but I figured the Browning fanboys would enjoy this.
It's on Gunbroker right now.
Angle I like the best:
Very interesting piece of history had no idea 1911s were made in Norway. Noticed grip safety is shorter also.
What I want is that slide release. I hate using my left hand (lol).
Yeah that slide release is a revelation!
Can't believe no one's done that since.
Nice, was it that clean when you got it?
I don't own it. I was just intrigued by its story. I'd like to own it.
Just out of curiousity, where is this LGS? This looks very familiar to one that is in a LGS that I frequent .... wondering if we're going in and out of the same store?
The slide release looks like a mailbox flag. About as big too! Very cool gun. I have a great-uncle, WWII veteran living in Charlottesville VA born Feb. 6, 1914. He's going on 98 1/2. He and the gun have weathered the storms pretty similarly!
He saw this on Gunbroker. This is the one in your gun shop, because I visit the same shop. I was there when he was putting the listing together.
Originally Posted by bigmacque
I've handled this gun, I know the Dealer who has it listed. It is a beautiful piece - you should consider it if you really are that interested.
I visit the same shop too. I won't put the name out, but it's in Boynton. Awesome folks run it. The owner's wife was kind enough to let me look at it.
We need to clone that slide release!
Beautiful piece. You might want to tell your LGS that pistol's serial number dates to 1942 (serial # range 26025-29614) according to the official Kongsberg Vapenfabrikk list, there were 3,590 Model 1914's made that year alone. There should be a date stamped on the right side of the slide (does not necessarily mean the pistol was assembled that year). The Model 1914s weren't made for Colt, they were a licensed Colt copy, and were made from 1917 through 1947. There were 20 pistols assembled in 1987 with some American made parts for collectors.
Well I know who I'm going to for 1911 info! Great facts to know brother!
Originally Posted by OD*
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Post WWII a bunch of 1911's went through various depots and were basically stripped, all the parts thrown into boxes separating them by part, everything cleaned up and then all the parts were reassembled into pistols. So every now and then you'll see one with a stamp on it that notes which depot it went through, and you'll know that it's not necessarily 100% original, at least not every part was originally married to all the others. From what I understand the folks putting them back together would just reach into a box, grab a spring or a slide stop or a slide, and start building a pistol from parts.
An interesting 'original'...thanks for posting!:hand9: