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Classic Military Rifles



Colt 1911 A1
Argentine Army Contract
Calibre .45 ACP
Serial No: 8876
Price: £650


In 1923, Argentina adopted an armaments bill that would eliminate Argentine dependency on foreign arms.
Under this bill, the Argentine Congress authorised appropriations for a military modernization program and prepared the infrastructure for a domestic arms industry.

In 1927, the Argentine Commission for Foreign Acquisitions negotiated a contract with Colt for the manufacture of M1911A1 .45 caliber self-loading pistols specially marked and serial numbered in a separate series, and secured a licensing agreement giving the Argentine government the right to manufacture these pistols.

The agreement specified: 1) that Colt would manufacture 10,000 Colt automatic pistols, caliber .45, Ejercito Argentino Modelo 1927 for the Argentine Army; 2) that the complete knowledge base for future production of the pistols in Argentina, including drawings, manufacturing instructions, material specifications, tool requirements, etc., would be transferred to Argentine control; and 3) that Argentine technicians would be trained in manufacturing operations and inspection.


The 10,000 Hartford Colts made for Agentina prior to production of Sistemas were delivered from 1927 to 1933, serial numbers 1-10,000." The production period was from July 28, 1927 to February 16, 1928.

The slides are marked Ejercito Argentino which denotes they are for the army.

A good useable example of the Argentine Model 1927 manufactured by Colt,
The bore is good, the frame has been renumbered and appears to have been done in service.

Good Condition, considering these pistols are approximately 90 years old