US ARMY Colt 45
My wife inherited her grandfather's WW2 Colt that he carried as a Merchant Seaman in the Pacific. It is in the 860,000 serial number range and marked United States Property. M1911A1 U.S.Army. The Left side of the slide has the Colt MFG and Patent numbers and the right side of the slide has COLT AUTOMATIC CALIBRE .45 with the reared up Pony Emblem.
Someone told me in the past that this was a civilian pistol at one time which was drafted by the military to aquire more pistols in a hurry because the military manufactured versions didn't have the Pony on the right side of the slide. Anyone heard of this before?