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**WWI Colt 1911 Semi-Auto "Black Army" Pistol Carried by West Point Graduate Col. Lucian B. Moody
4/30/2014 - Firearms and Militaria: Live Salesroom Auction
.45 ACP caliber, 5" barrel, S/N 432312. Blue finish, walnut checkered diamond grips, replacement barrel marked ".45 Auto, 7791193" and "SW" on right lug, "NP" on left lug. Correct two-tone magazine; comes with a period web belt, 1918 Mills magazine pouch with 2 magazines (1 lanyard ring, 2 tone mag), extra barrel with chamber marked "HP" and dark bore. Also includes a brown leather holster with illegible maker's mark.  

There is an affidavit from the consignor, nephew of Col. Moody which reads:

"AFFIDAVIT AS TO THE PROVENANCE OF "BLACK ARMY" U.S. COLT AUTOMATIC PISTOL MODEL 1911 SN 423312

This pistol was given to me around 1953 by my uncle, retired Colonel Lucian B. Moody, who was the husband of my father's sister.  He stated that it was his personal sidearm, dating from when he was in France in WWI as an ordnance officer (was a West Point graduate). 

His service after WWI included such as Governors Island in New York, Watervliet Arsenal, and Picatinny Arsenal, where he was Commandant.  In WWII he commanded the arsenal in LaPorte Indiana, and then after the war went to China as an advisor to the Nationalist Army.

His son, George, was a West Point graduate, went into the Air Corps and was killed testing a new plane just before WWII.  Moody Field in Georgia is named after him.  Lucian Moody's daughter was married to another West Pointer, who flew B-17's in WWII.
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Condition:  
Excellent condition with an excellent bore. This pistol has had a correct "Black Army" arsenal refinish, likely during Col. Moody's service, since he was stationed at the various arsenals. This is a great piece of history.
Sold: $4,700.00
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