11/14/17 - This is a very hard to find Colt 1911 from early 1913. Production began in 1912 and with the serial in the 22xxx range, this obviously makes it one of the first 25k made. The early parts are very hard to find so I will go over the main parts to insure that this gun is all original. The slide is early logo, and correctly missing the 1913 patent marking. The rear site is rounded. The inspector proof on the frame is also correct - WGP. The top of the frame (inside) is marked H and U. The grips appear to be correct and original. The barrel is H P marked on top, but the P is a poor strike. This would be a type 3 barrel which my source says started around serial 25xxx, so the barrel could be a replacement, although early. The finish is original and the bore is cloudy with minor corrosion but decent rifling. The magazine is also the early two-tone but lacks the loop at the bottom, so like the barrel, could be a later replacement. Overall, a fine example of one of the earliest US Army issued 1911 Colts.