Around the same time that the US was choosing a new semi-auto pistol, the Kingdom of Norway was also looking to standardize on a new pistol. They actually ended up selecting Colt’s 1903 Model. However, before they could go into full production of the 1903, the US selected the 1911, which caused Norway to reconsider.
Norway ended up selecting the 1911 with a minor change in the design of the slide stop lever. This was designated as the Norwegian Model of 1914, also known as the Kongsberg Colt (as it was made under license in the Kongsberg factory in Norway).
At the start of WW2, Germany invaded and occupied Norway. Production of the Kongsberg Colt continued while under Nazi occupation. It was designated as the Pistole 657(n). Approximately 8000 were made during the period 1940-1945.
However, only in the last year of production did the Germans add the Waffenamt stamp indicating it was a german weapon. This is one of approximately 920 pistols to receive the German Waffenamt, marking it as a Nazi 1911. Notice the Norwegian modified slide stop lever. Makes it easier to operate with one hand.
As posted by member “Beetle” on Calguns.net, who owns this beautiful and very rare peace of history.
The gun’s serial number tells us that it was built by Colt in 1918, part of a batch made for the US Navy.
It appears to be in original condition, and as one can expect from a firearm this old, the finish is quite worn. The barrel has a surprising amount of rifling left.
If this gun could tell its story….
I finally received my Storm Lake threaded barrel for my Full Rail Operator, and after some minor fitting, we went out and mounted my friend’s YHM Cobra to it.
I couldn’t be happier with the Storm Lake barrel, it is a very nice barrel, fit and finish were great. Now the wait for my Form 4 to clear for my AAC Ti-Rant 45…
Today, we’re taking a closer look at a bit of an unusual pistol, the Full Rail Operator, by Springfield Armory.
Love them or hate them, they are impressive pistols. The giant rail, and un-cut slide gives it a tough and heavy look. While the gun is a bit heavier than a normal one, it is not as nose heavy as a Bull Barreled gun is. What is the rail for? Mount lights. Maybe in combination with a laser, but that’s about it. Adding a foregrip would look weird, and would not only be useless, but would also be a violation of the 1934 NFA, as a pistol can not have a vertical front grip.
After locating the new mainspring housing hole with the Ed Brown jig, it was time to cut off the excess material from the old hole.
I cut the most part off with a cut-off wheel on a Dremel, and then moved onto a file, gradually going to sandpaper.
After about an hour of sanding, filing and blending in, I had a good fit.
I decided to use some touch up blue, and blue the new Ed Brown mainspring housing and the frame area I just cut.
So I figured I’d throw some cold blue on the rest of the frame as well, can’t hurt. Scuffed it up with some steel wool, ready for cold blue application. Only to find out that for some reason, still a mystery to me, the frame didn’t take the cold blue. At all.
I did end up with that “Well worn” look that some are after, but it wasn’t my intention.
Once I get an air compressor set up, and my sandblaster, I plan to refinish it with Norell’s.
My AK was done in Norell’s after it KB’ed and it’s held up very well.
Here is what she looks like now. Rather silly, in my opinion, with the blued mainspring housing, but oh well. It functions fine.
Afterthoughts on the Bobtail job:
Overall, I found the Bobtail Job to be relatively easy, locating the new hole is the biggest thing, miss one hole and you’re screwed. Once that’s over, it’s a breeze.
Upon completion, I installed a new pair of VZ Operator’s, pre-cut for a Bobtail. The color pattern is “Tiger Stripe”
The gun itself is very nice to hold. your hand fills the bobtail cut nicely, and gives the gun a totally different feel. A feel that I like, I must say.
Concealment has improved, the area that can protrude through clothing has gotten much sleeker and smaller. The thing disappears in my VM-II.
So, all in all, I’m very happy with the result. I do plan on sandblasting the gun, and refinishing it, but until I do that, it’s my main carry gun.