U.S. Property Marked
in .45acp (or .45 auto rim)
This is a nice
pistol. I have one that was issued to the Brazilian police.
I got tired of loading moon clips necessary for shooting
.45acp out of it and started reloading .45 auto rim ammo.
Mine shoots extremely well with either. Also with a bit of
gas loss between the cylinder and barrel, it kicks less than
my 1911 but still packs a punch on steel targets.
During World War I, many U.S. civilian arms companies including Colt and Remington were
producing M1911 pistols under contract for the U.S. Army,
but even with the additional production there was a shortage
of sidearms to issue. The interim solution was to ask Colt
and Smith & Wesson, the two major American producers of
revolvers at the time, to adapt their heavy-frame civilian
revolvers to the standard .45 ACP pistol cartridge.
Both companies' revolvers utilized half-moon clips to
extract the rimless .45 ACP cartridges. Daniel B. Wesson's
son Joseph Wesson invented and patented the half-moon clip,
which was assigned to Smith & Wesson, but at the request of
the Army allowed Colt to also use the design free of charge
in their own version of the M1917 revolver.
This pistol I have for sale has obviously
been used and carried but never fired much. The bore is near
mint. The bluing is about 65% left. The grips are worn but
no chips or cracks and are original to the gun. The swivel
rotates as it should but the "U.S. Army 1917" stamp on the
bottom of the grip frame has been removed for some reason. The action
works perfectly and locks up tight. Overall it is in very good condition for
The pictures will tell you more.
Contact me if you need pictures of something I missed.
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