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Old 01-19-2020, 11:59 AM
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1953 and 1955 Government Models

A slow Sunday.
I was "reorganizing" and uncovered these two pistols in the back of the safe. 1953 and 1955 pistols. Both are in pretty decent condition, a little handling wear, very little evidence of having been fired. The 53 has the original box and manual.
A couple points worth mentioning. 1954 shipments were approximately 4800 pistols. These two, a 53 and a 55 reflect a 5600 or so separation. The point is that if you are seeking early, mid 50s Government Models, they are very difficult to find; particularly in decent condition.
Another point of the post is to show how the Government Model stocks exhibit shrinkage. Tension on the grip screws, noticeable retraction of the plastic at the sides and top, bottom, a loss of symmetry and deformation of the Colt logo. If you ever remove the stocks for any length of time, make sure you have a template that exactly replicates the grip screw dimensions and placement
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:19 PM
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:47 PM
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Nice pistols. That's the first time I've seen shrinkage with the early 50's narrow-ring grips. Virtually all the ones I see like that are the late 1960s grips with the wider rings.

And yes it's true that Colt didn't sell very many Government Models at that time, as there were a lot of GI bring-backs floating around and shooters still generally preferred revolvers. That changed by the late 1960s, which is why 1966-1970 Government Models are so much easier to find than the earlier post-war ones. By the 1970s the 1911 finally became an extremely popular handgun with civilians which is why Colt managed to sell a bazillion Series 70s.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:47 PM
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wow... the those are in fantastic condition!
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:35 PM
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Very nice pistols....
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Old 01-21-2020, 02:48 AM
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Wow filson, that’s a nice breathtaking two Colts! Can see top of barrel port looks racked unused or fired little. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:52 AM
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filson you always show us gorgeous pistols.
Thanks for sharing.
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