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Colt Government Model with Prototype Loaded Chamber Indicator

For decades this Colt Government Model prototype sat in the Colt Factory collection. Originally an engineering concept gun, it went from the Colt factory inventory to the Connecticut State library in the 1950s, where it was carefully kept and remains in near pristine condition today.

To the untrained eye, it would appear as any other 1911 platform pistol, but on the left side of the slide, just behind the ejection port, is a small device with an indicator pin. As with most cartridge indicator devices, when a cartridge is in the chamber and the pistol is in battery, a small pin protrudes indicating to the user that the pistol has a round in the chamber.

Research has revealed no other examples of this prototype feature, and it remains a rare opportunity to obtain a one of a kind Colt Government Model.

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