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In case of a total taste failure, break glass. But seriously folks, I know that ballistic beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just because I’m beholding a gun that’s been ripped from the pages of The Robb Report (or should be) doesn’t mean that this isn’t some gun collector’s Holy Grail. Double negative and personal aesthetics aside, ivory? How PC is that? (Hint: not at all.) Anyway, something’s worth whatever someone’s willing to pay for it. This Factory Engraved 100th Anniversary Colt 1911—one of one—is worth $25,050.00 to a bidder at Just in case you have that kind of money hanging around and are Jonesing for this gun, make the jump for some more gun porn and all the justification your wife or investment banker will need . . .

This specially engraved Colt 1911 celebrating the 100th anniversary of that acclaimed side arm and featuring the Serial Number 1911COLT2011 is a featured 2011 SHOT Show auction gun.

Typically, a milestone firearm such as this 100th Anniversary 1911 ends up locked away in a museum, a company vault or in a company executive’s private collection. But thanks to Colt and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, this highly collectible handgun is being made available to Colt enthusiasts world-wide.

This special Colt boasts unique engraving, grips and features to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Model 1911 and the Colt Company’s role in the history of that iconic firearm.

The left side of the gun features a prominent and powerful hand inlaid gold inscription, “100 YEARS AT AMERICA’S SIDE” and a gold-inlaid Rampant Colt.

The right side features large gold inlays including “1911-2011” and the serpentine “Colt”. In addition, the serial number “1911COLT 2011” is hand-engraved and inlaid with gold.

All engraving work is by Colt Custom Shop Master Engravers, Steve Kamyk and George Spring. Engraving style is American Scroll with “B” (50%) coverage. All metal surfaces are polished and finished in Colt Royal Blue.

The gun also includes specially designed ivory grips with gold-plated Colt 1911 Anniversary Medallions.

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  1. I think H.L. Mencken said “nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public?”

    And of course P.T. Barnum’s statement about the birthing frequency of suckers also seems apropos here.

    Whoever is selling these deserves every penny they get.

  2. Its not for me BUT how long do you think those engraving artisans sat on this one weapon- definitely a long time. And to get perfect blueing. In addition, there is a one-of-a-kind serial number.
    The Franck Mueller on my wrist has none of that stuff. Or historical value. Just sayin’…

  3. And what was it that General Patton said about those grips???? If they didn’t come off of an Elephant, who wants them? I would rather have some really pretty exotic wood from some rare and hopefully “ENDANGERED” tree with some perfect hand checkering in a very fine line pattern… Nice pistol,too rich for me… I would have to pack it around and shoot the thing. My 50th anniversary Ruger MKII shoots really well:)

    • I was thinking the same thing. I found this quote “They’re ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol”.

      At 27, 000+, I think they could have done better..

  4. Well just to update the info on this Weapon.
    The WINNING BID ended the Auction at a mere
    $83,025. With 191 total Bidders.
    Not a bad profit for someone.

  5. I think that this article is pointless simply because it tells us what we all know- the wealthy have a different sense of money than we do. The author is writing most likely from the viewpoint of a middle class american, whereas the 1911 was bought by someone much richer. Let’s be honest, a guy that can buy this kind of toy probably isn’t too concerned about overspending. Why not just celebrate his 1911, there are already too many rich people that are anti-gun; there’s no room for this sort of “tacky” behavior.


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