Yesterday I met a machinist that is a bit into firearms. He showed me some classic Colts that he inherited.


Colt Officer’s Model Match


Keith also has the second National Match .38 Special 1911 I have seen. The first one can be seen here.


The next Colt classic is his father’s bullseye .45 acp 1911 with a Fitz Accu-Riser grip.

There are some more interesting items hidden in this machine shop. Stay tuned.


  • SPQR9

    Some great old school handguns.

  • Jim Page

    Looks like the National Match is a .38 Super

    • JT303

      It’s got 38 special on the slide, and it’s got a mag typical for the rimmed round. 38 super 1911 mags look a bit similar to some of the 9mm 1911 mags. EDIT: Whilst it does say 38 super on the box, I’m going by the slide markings.

      • Jim Page

        Yep, You’re right. Never heard of a .38 special Colt 1911. Rad !

        • Anonymoose

          There was an article on TFB a few years ago about a .38 Special Colt Gov’t. Smith & Wesson made some .38 Special autos also. All of them only function with wadcutters though.

          • Blake

            Maybe it’s 38 Super Special 🙂

          • Avid Fan

            aka the .38 FABULOUS!!!

          • mrpotatocat

            the .38 Snowflake.

        • JT303

          I’ve only ever heard of the S&W 52 which was a similar style of pistol. The design of the mag limited it to 5 rounds, which was fine for bullseye from what I’ve read.

  • Alan

    I read, “Colt Officer’s Model Match Keith” before the jump. I’m thinking that seeing an Elmer Keith Custom Colt anything will be quite a religious experience!

    After jump, not Elmer Keith, but quite nice regardless.

    I’ll take Wadcutter Colts for $500 Alex….

  • Blake

    This here’s my kinda classic Colt:
    (Though they got nothin’ on the Remington revolvers of the day; turns out a strong frame with a top strap was a really good idea…)

    • Val E. Forge

      Blake – The 1847 Colt Walker was a hell of a gun no doubt. One of my favorite percussion Colts though, is on the other end of the size spectrum, the 1849 Colt Pocket. Colt sold well over 300,000 of these puppies, more than than the 1851 Navy and 1860 Army and he had wartime contracts for both.

      While Colt’s large frame percussion revolvers did a large part in fighting the War Between the States and settling the West, the ’49 pocket was just as useful for concealed carry of the period