A little background: I have recently become friends with an elderly German man who was a member of Panzer Divison 8 on the Eastern Front during WWII where he served as a vehicle crewman in an armored recon battalion. He has all of his original documents (Wehrpass etc) with photographs and stampings. As we spoke of the various weapons he qualified with, including the Luger, I mentioned to him the lore that the Luger has in American culture. He then responds to me "well, I have an American Forty-Five. Would you like to see it?" I said "off course!" The gentleman pulls down from his closet a small gun box and tells me that during WWI a distant cousin of his married a Canadian Army officer who carried an American .45 as his personal side are. My German friend met this man after WWII and they became friends. When the Canadian passed away, the .45 was left to my friend and he has kept it ever since. My friend opened the gun box and hands me a Colt Government Model with serial number C13192 marked on the right side of the frame. It is also marked "Colt Automatic Calibre 45". On the left side of the frame is marked all of the patent dates as well as hartford CT, and the Colt dancing pony above the safety. The weapon appears almost new....it needs to cleaned internally (I don't believe that it's been fired for decades) but the bluing absolutely shines and the slide/frame fit is tight and firm. It also has all of the original pre-1926, 1911 features except that has a flat magazine housing.... were Government Models made like this prior to the "1911A1"? According to my brief research, I believe that the serial number (C13192) puts the date of manufacture sometime in 1914. I will try to post a sub-standard pic that I took with my cell phone. This elderly vet is very interested in knowing exactly what it is that he has. He is almost 90 years old and a retired engineer. He told me, with much regret, about loosing his Luger after he had surrendered to the British (he wrapped it in rags and hid it in the rafters of a warehouse that was used as temporary storage for thousands of German POWs. According to him, the wrapped-up Luger is "probably still there". Any help with information about his Government Model would be appreciated! Thanks.