In 95% excellent condition, 100% matching and factory original and correct, we have an exceptionally rare and almost never seen 1942 US Navy contract Colt 1911a1 Pistol that was shipped to the Naval Supply Depot in Sewalls Point, VA on July 24, 1942. Only around 3900 pistols were sent to the Navy and they were the last Colt 1911A1 pistols shipped directly to the Navy. Only 1,591 of these pistols went to Norfolk. The pistol is of course matching and the bore of the original Colt “G” marked barrel is mint.
In 1942 Colt produced 107,790 1911a1 Pistols and only 3,982 were shipped directly to the US Navy making these pistols nearly impossible to locate. When you also factor in those that were lost at sea probably just a small number have survived and only a handful this original and nice. These WW2 US Navy Colt’s are highly sought after by collectors and rarely ever show up for sale and never in this top condition. Absolutely the most highly sought after WW2 production Colt.
MORE IMPORTANTLY THIS PISTOL IS WELL DOCUMENTED to have been the issued side arm of Navy Warrant officer Michael Conran, who carried it on D-Day installing Rhino Barges on Omaha Beach as part of a temporary piers built on the beach. He was a special construction engineer and participated not only at Normandy but later at Saipan and Iwo Jima as well. This pistol was obtained from his family and is well documented. The best part of this whole setup is a picture of him on the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach. Documented Navy issued pistols are freakishly rare and this is a major find.