Samuel Colt Edition 1911 from Davidson’s, Colt, and Baron Engraving

    Davidson's, Colt, and Baron Engraving have announced a new 1911 tribute to Samuel Colt.

    Davidson's, Colt, and Baron Engraving have announced a new 1911 tribute to Samuel Colt.

    The venerable 1911: love it or hate it, view it as outdated or enduring, it’s hard to argue against the design’s historical importance. It served as the US military’s standard issue sidearm for the majority of the 20th century, through multiple conflicts including two World Wars (not that any 1911 fanboy would ever let you forget that fact). Millions have been made and sold, from the original version to more modern takes on it from companies like Wilson Combat, Springfield, and many more. While plenty of them have been intended as hard-use handguns, others have been more artistically inclined and meant to be admired more than fielded. With a September 15th press release, Davidson’s has announced a collaborative version with Colt and Baron Engraving which falls squarely in the latter category. The release reads:

    This 1911's intricate metalwork features Samuel Colt's face.

    This 1911’s intricate metalwork features Samuel Colt’s face.

    Davidson’s Continues To Create – with Colt’s Manufacturing and Baron Engraving

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Davidson’s, one of the nation’s leading firearms wholesalers, has partnered with Colt and Baron Engraving on an exclusive project to honor Samuel Colt.

    The Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition is based on the Series-70 O1911C Government Classic model. Baron Engraving steps in and helps produce a masterpiece.

    Chambered in 45 Auto, the Samuel Colt Edition features elaborate scroll and vine acid etching on the top, left, and right sides of the slide. Gold platings depict the rampant pony, a bust of Samuel Colt on the top of the slide with the famed phrase “God Created Man, Colonel Colt Made Them Equal”, as well as the iconic “Onion Dome” of the Colt factory. The grips are custom black pearlite and an extra set of double-diamond walnut grips is included.

    “Even in extremely unusual market conditions, Davidson’s is proud to continue to be an innovator and creator of distinctive exclusive firearms”, said Kane Cannedy, VP of Purchasing for Davidson’s. “We thrive on our relationships with our vendors and the ongoing partnership between Davidson’s, Colt, and Baron Engraving is a reflection of this commitment.”

    SKU# O1911C-SCB is a limited production run and will be followed up with a stainless model.

    Specifications for this special make-up include: High-polish blued finish on the slide, frame, and hardware (bushing, hammer, slide stop, grip screws, etc.), 7-round magazine, 5” match grade barrel, and fixed GI sights. O1911C-SCB carries an MSRP of $2,199.99.

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    This handgun will be chambered in .45, as is tradition for 1911s.

    This handgun will be chambered in .45 ACP, as is tradition for 1911s.

    What do you think, readers? Are you 1911 adherents, and do you enjoy the artistry and elegance featured in this tribute gun? Or are you more in the camp of those who see the 1911 as nothing more than a museum piece, and you don’t have any interest in owning this Samuel Colt-emblazoned pistol for more than two thousand dollars? Please feel free to share your opinions with us in the comments below. See you at the range!

    Photos courtesy of Davidson’s, Colt, and Baron Engraving.
    Will P

    Lifelong hobby/sport shooter and hunter, former US Army infantryman, perpetual firearms student. Always seeking to become better and learn more. Interested in a wide variety of shooting disciplines, and passionate about all kinds of guns. Contact on Instagram: @WillTFB