A Tale of Two Pistols
By contrast, this auction contains a gun that does not pass muster. First, the relief cuts in the frame behind the trigger guard are soft, shallow and ill defined. The serial number should be in script, not block letters.
This pistol should have a W.B. in a square, the acceptance mark for Lt. Colonel Waldemar Broberg who inspected from the serial #750500 to serial #861000 range. Lt. Col. Broberg was an Ordnance Inspector from 1941 to 1942. Instead this pistol has an upside down GHD. This is the acceptance mark of inspector Colonel Guy H. Drewry. The GHD acceptance mark is found on serial #848000 to about serial #2360400. Serial #822368 was produced before Col. Drewry's tenure as the Army's Ordnance Inspector. The box is as fake as a Hong Kong Rolex as well.
This is why Charles Clawson's Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols: Models of 1911 and 1911a1: From 1911 to the End of Production in 1945: Complete Military Identification is crucial to keep from getting taken. It is quite possible the seller does not know what he has at auction, but whatever it is, it is not correct, nor is it authentic. The only protection a M1911 buyer has is education.