Several months ago I was in the gun shop and saw a 1911 that looked fairly distinctive. Distinctive in that it was chromed like a Chevy bumper. I put it on layaway.
I decided today to get it off layaway, and found some interesting markings on it.
It's marked US Property, and the serial number (125XXX) puts it made in 1915, according to this site. When I got it home, I took it down and it looks very okay. The rifling is sharp and clear, the interior of the pistol looks very good, and while I don't know when the springs were last changed, the function check came out okay.
Somebody put a trigger shoe on it, and it's got those horrible Hogue wraparound grips on it. But, the more I handle it, the more I realize how sticky those grips are, plus, they fit my hand. It'll be interesting to see how it shoots.
It's an interesting pistol and I wish that it could tell me it's history. The slide is marked Property of US Army. I imagine that it was sold as surplus, probably sometime after WWII or Korea, and it was chromed shortly thereafter. It's an interesting piece and I hope that it shoots. I've never had a 1911 with a hard chrome job, and it might make a pretty barbecue gun.