Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gold-engraved Colt .45 commisioned by Saudi King in 1980

You are not gonna believe this one. I can hardly believe if myself and I shot the photos of this one-of-a-kind gold-engraved Colt Government Model 1911-A1.

I know I've never seen anything like this before and I seriously doubt I ever will again.

Here's the description I posted on gunbroker for this Colt Custom Shop engraved beauty, which can be yours for a mere $20,000.

You can come visit it at Village Pawn & Gun Shop, where I work. Looking costs nothing.

Like New In Presentation Box-Unfired: Colt Custom Shop Gold-Engraved 1980 Government Model 1911-A1 .45 ACP Single-Action Semi-Auto Pistol, Colt Signature Series 1980 Blue Government Model.

Ordered from the Colt Custom Shop by King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia, in 1980 as a personal gift to now-retired U.S. serviceman Athony Potter, who sold it to us, unfired in the Colt Custom Shop wooden presentation box.

The blue-steel Colt Government Model 1911-A1 is completely engraved with scrollwork and gold engraving, featuring the Royal Saudi Arabian Crest on top of the slide and gold Arabic Script on the left slide which translates "In the Name of God, The Beneficient, The Merciful."

The right slide features a gold-engraved eagle and dove. Both sides of the slide feature a gold-engraved Lilly.

This custom-engraved Colt also has hand-carved ivory grips in a floral design and (1) engraved blue-steel Colt magazine.

Ships in Colt Custom Shop wooden presentation box with blue velvet lining. Serial number is FG21893.

According to BlueBook, only 250 blue gold auroplated Colt Government Models were manufactured in the 1980-81 Signature Series and this is a one-of-a-kind custom engraved Colt from that 250.

- .45 ACP cal., blue finished Govt. with gold auroplated or nickel finish. 250 mfg. in both finishes, ser. no. range N/A.

As Eric Clapton said when he first met Muddy Waters, I'm gobsmacked.


Anonymous said...

the inscription is wrongly translated. It says "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet"

netfotoj said...

I am not an Arabic translator. The retired U.S. serviceman who sold it to us provided that translation of the Arabic script. If you can cite a source proving he's wrong and you're right, I'll change the gunbroker auction page.

Yusuf Alamri said...

Haha after six years on this post . the who corrected the translation is right . I'm Saudi and the perfect translation is "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet"

Anonymous said...

I do not speak a word of Arabic and i could still translate that: it is the schahāda, the islamic creed and also featured on the Saudi Arabian flag. This gets engraved on so many things and of course it is what the Saudi king would want on there.