By the late ’30s “Fitz” was joined by other’s who specialized in the 1911 as a fighting tool and as a match gun.You have to remember that hitting the target was a real issue for some of the men who came to Camp Perry.
Many times their practice was on moving targets who shot back!
In 1954 the Army began to experiment with match grade pistols.
If it were a Colt, it would have been first contract, Navy, 1912!
Try checking out the 1911Forum and the USGI section in particular. I have a frame with a 4 digit number, under 2000, which is a Remington Rand made in about 1920.
As they learned what improved accuracy and what the shooters preferred, changes were made.
Some of the early Army National Match pistols had variations such as plastic triggers or rubber front strap covers. The early slides were made by Colt with normal Colt markings.An example of the government-built pistols is the “Drake Slide National Match” worth about 00 in 100% condition.The old National Match Colts made between 19 bring 00 to 00 in 100% condition.Enlisted men and Junior Officers alike carried and used the guns they shot. George Patton disdained the 1911 because of an AD incident in 1916 while re-holstering his.) In 1932, at the National Matches, Colt introduced it’s first National Match Model.More smoothly fitted than the Commercial Model, it was soon made available with the Stevens adjustable rear sight, as is also found on the early model Ace .22 conversion units.I have a frame with a 4 digit number, under 2000, which is a Remington Rand made in about 1920.