This Colt M1911 .45 ACP belong to my great uncle, a torpedoman chief in World War II. He "brought it home" after he retired and it passed on to my grandfather. According to the serial number, it was manufactured in 1912 and is the original design -- not the A1 design that lasted until the military bought the Beretta 92F.

        The blueing is a little worn and the walnut grips have seen some better days, but she's still a beauty. Not the easiest thing to shoot (especially compared to the Sig!), but still a weapon that will stay right here in my collection! 
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My description of the Colt sparked some interest on the M1911 Forum. So here are a few more shots of some of the details. Just click on the thumbnail for a full-size pop up. The photos show (clockwise, starting topcenter):
Rear strap wear
Grip wear
Patent markings
US Navy markings