Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC has made available a limited run of WWI vintage-looking pistols. In 1918, In order to increase production for the US Military needs during WWI, Colt changed the standard Carbonia Blue finish to a finish that was almost black — hence the nickname, “Black Army.”
Actual WWI-era “Black Army” pistols that survived without any subsequent modifications or rebuilds are rare. Collectors who are lucky enough to find one, can pay more than $5,000.
Colt’s newly released “Black Army” pistols feature the characteristic matte blued finish; Colt's Series 70 firing system; original roll and inspector marks; 5" barrel with wide hood; tapered blade front sight; straight mainspring housing with lanyard loop; and WWI-style knurled manual thumb safety, slide stop safety, and magazine catch.
The new Colt — which will be perfect for reenactors, collectors, and military vehicle owners, cost just $999. Colt won’t sell to customers in in California, Massachusetts, or Maryland due to state restrictions.