Colt just announced a new, or rather, a very old, Model 1911 pistol. Called the 1911 Black Army, these freshly minted 1911s are based on a 1918 version of the most iconic American military sidearm.
Although they aren’t the earliest version of the 1911, the Black Army pattern 1911 pistols are highly sought after by collectors and they often command an outstanding premium over other government-issued 1911 pistols.
Colt is faithfully reproducing the design with all of the original features, or more accurately, lack of features and small changes made to later models.
“Throughout American History, Colt’s weapons have given American Servicemen the ability and confidence to succeed in combat,” said Colt. “A reproduction based on the original blueprints of the World War I Model 1911 U.S. Military sidearm, this vintage limited run is an accurate reproduction of the design after the early 1918 ‘Black Army.'”
“In order to increase production for the US Military needs during WWI, the standard Carbonia Blue finish was changed to a finish that was almost black, hence the ‘Black Army,” Colt added.
These new production Black Army pistols have a matte blued finish, a Series 70 firing system and rollmarks and inspector marks fashioned after the originals. They are of course full-size pistols with 5-inch barrels chambered for .45 ACP with a standard 7+1-round capacity.
Other touches include a wide hood, a straight, smooth mainspring housing with a lanyard loop, World War I-style manual thumb and passive grip safeties, tapered blade front sights and period-correct knurling on the thumb safety, magazine catch and forged slide stop.
With reproductions like these the price can determine how successful the final product is and it’s clear Colt wants to do right by even hobby 1911 collectors. The suggested retail price for the Black Army pistols is just $999.
Often real-world prices are below MSRP for Colt products but because this is a limited edition and a period-specific replica production run in-store and online pricing will be hard to predict. It’s safe to say that anyone interested in picking one up should just go ahead and buy them as soon as they become available.
Colt hasn’t published an official release date yet but there are several major gun industry trade shows coming up in the next few months and it will be surprising if Colt makes people wait a long time for these Black Army pistols.
Visit Colt.com to learn more about the Black Army 1911.