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.45 caliber, 5" barrel, S/N LB8235. Blued finish with ivory grips. Checkered front strap with blade front sight, matted slide top and adjustable Elliason u-notch rear sight. Right side of slide marked with Gold Cup National match markings and Clark Custom slide job markings. Left side of slide marked with model Barrel marked "COLT 45 AUTO N.M." RIght side of frame marked with Les Baer markings and serial number.

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2) Colt M1911A1 Canadian Contract: S/N 930,000 to 936,000 = 1943 ( 1,515 military model pistols were shipped to Canada through the Lend-Leased Act from this serial number range.) Caliber .45 ACP

4) Colt M1911 British RAF Contract: S/N W91,100 to W110,696 = Jan. 22, 1918 to April 28, 1919 (Approx. 10,000 pistols were shipped to the Royal Air Force from this serial number range and were .455 Webley caliber.)

This serial number process is akin to the British proofing method and marking upon any firearm that is brought into the United Kingdom. Every commercial firearm that is imported into Thailand has to be stamped by the Royal Thai Government before it can be sold. Submitting the firearm for this process is the job of the Thai importer, and in fact it is this importer that becomes part of the serial number.

Thus, if you are already spending over five to ten thousand dollars on a stock race gun without any of the accessories, do you really want an ugly Government serial stamp (that is the exact same format on the cheapest thing imported that year) on your Les Baer Custom 1911, or that Smith & Wesson Performance Center J-Frame? No, of course not, but you obviously have to be compliant with the law. So when it comes to this Thai serial number, the Government has allowed some variation as to the location of the stamp. With handguns this means that the grip panels or revolver grips are removed, the receiver stamped, then the panels put back on so it was as if it never had the stamp. Sometimes they will intentionally stamp under the edge of the grip panel so it is somewhat obscured but also visible for inventorying (instead of loosening the panel every time).

In 1976, iconic firearms trainer and author, Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, founded the forerunner of what would become Gunsite Academy, now generally acknowledged as one of the preeminent shooting academies in the world. Col. Cooper taught elite law enforcement officers, military personnel and free citizens how to shoot well and shoot responsibly, following a groundbreaking, multi-part program of his own creation. And he strongly advocated the use of .45 ACP semi-automatic pistols for personal protection. Today, Gunsite Academy has expanded its curriculum and adapted to contemporary shooting requirements, challenges, and technologies. But it continues to rely heavily on Col. Cooper's time proven philosophies. The Baer 1911 Gunsite pistol, with its distinctive Raven logo engraved on the slide and on the special grips, is a state of the art custom pistol designed and built with common sense for serious shooters. The serial number has a GAI prefix (Gunsite Academy, Inc. It's meant to be used daily by people who demand nothing less than the highest levels of performance and precision.

You will receive email confirmation upon receiving your order, payment and the FFL license from your dealer. You will be provided with tracking info when the item is shipped. Your name and phone number will be included on item, but it is your responsibility to complete the transfer and take possession of the firearm. Each item will be inspected and serial number verified prior to shipping.

The project started about 18 months ago and involved lots of eyes for detail. Les Baer is well known in the firearms industry for quality and reliability, so there was plenty of quick interest. When a pistol arrived with the No. 2 serial number stamped on the side, not only did the Gunsite staff get a chance to give it a try, but Campbell said something interesting.

Still, the HRT SA .45 has gained almost legendary status. I finally decided to order an SA Professional Model, the same pistol as the HRT gun except for the serial number prefix and designed for other LE agencies or special military units. Private citizens may also order it if they are willing to wait one to two years and pay a substantial amount.


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