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The other day I misquoted a couple of things on a thread and decided to
get it right. Anyone who has/may get a Sistema Colt might want to copy
this - it'll come in handy, if you want to know your firearm's history - this
one's got an interesting history. I had forgotten the Norway, Kongsberg
Contract Colts. They have become VERY valuable and something to snatch
up if you ever see one.

Sadly, Colt's Argentinian 1911 are confused with the Ballister Mollinas
which resemble the 1911s but are different systems in several respect
including a pivoting trigger. There were several types of 1911 copies
made in Argentina.

M1911-A1 Modelo 1927

After adoption of the M1911A1 in the United States, the Argentine
government purchased the pistol from Colt as the Model 1927. The order to
Colt was for a run of 10,000 guns for the Argentine Army.
These guns were
serial numbered in their own range from 1 to 10000. The original
finish of these guns was blued with a brush blue finish and they had
checkered walnut grips. The way to recognize them is that on the right side of
the slide it has the following markings:

Colt CAL. 45 MOD. 1927 S/N

In the 1930's, the Argentines secured license to manufacture their
own .45s. These are called "Sistema Colt" to distinguish them from the
actual Colt Modelo 1927. These Model 1927s were made by Fabrica Militar
de Armas Portatiles "Domingo Matheu," in Rosario, Argentina. They are
marked "F.M.A.P" or "D.G.F.M. (F.M.A.P)" on the left side of the slide
and "Ejercito Argentino, Sist. Colt, cal. 11.25 m.m. MOD 1927" in two
lines on the right. All Model 1927s bear the Argentine seal on the slide.

An estimated 38,000 copies of the Colt M1911 .45 caliber pistol were
made at Rosario; another 75,000 were produced in 1947
-1966 (some of which
were still in service with elements of the Argentine military during
the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982).

All parts of these Contract Colts are interchangeable with any American Colts.

All Sistemas were originally blued, except a few that were specially
ordered for the Navy. Early guns had checkered walnut stocks, later had
black or brown hard rubber. They were numbered on the frame, slide,
barrel, and magazine. Most examples noted have been either reblued, or
phosphated; many of the phosphated examples have blued small parts.

In addition to military production, the firm of Hispano Argentino
Fabrica de Automoviles. SA (HAFDASA), manufactured an unlicensed copy of the
Colt known as the "Ballester-Molina." Most features of the HAFDASA gun
are taken directly from the Colt product. The trigger and trigger
linkage differ, however, in that the trigger pivots, and the trigger
extension is external. The Ballester-Molinas also lack the grip safety. The
story that the Ballester-Molinas are made from steel from the German
battleship Graf Spee is a delightful but false legend. Both the Model 1927
and the HAFDASA .45s are extremely well-made pistols.

Also copies where made in Norway, my favorite is my Kongsberg 1914. It
is very distinctive with it's lowered slide stop lever
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