3/23/18 - This is a very nice example of a "Black Army" Colt from 1918. These pistols are called Black Army because the finish was darker, and unfortunately less durable during the late WW1 era. Often Black Army Colts are found very worn and typically in worse condition than the one we're offering here. This style finish did not hold up very well with age. Thankfully, this pistol has most of the finish in tact, and the bluing still covers about 95% of the gun. Much of the finish is turning brown with patina though, leading us to give an overall rating of about 80%. The front and back strap are the worst areas of wear. The bore has some signs of use and minor corrosion, but there is no pitting within the bore, and the rifling is in tact. The gun is in original condition, and original configuration. Never re-worked. There is a faint H on the back lip of the slide and a Springfield proof on left side of the frame. All correct and original. The checkered grips are sharp and in excellent condition. The 2 tone magazine is also correct. Most importantly it has the correct early barrel marked H P on the top of the barrel. Guaranteed all original.