The Colt 1911 Eli Whitney Semi-Automatic Pistol is a tribute to the contributions made by Eli Whitney in the evolution of modern firearm production. While best known for the invention of the cotton gin, In 1798 , Whitney built a factory for mass producing muskets for the US Army from interchangeable parts. Sam Colt later collaborated with Eli Whitney Jr. to successfully integrate the assembly line and interchangeable parts into what became Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford,CT. Flash forward 150 plus years to the refinements and precision we enjoy today from Colt in the ELW 1911.
The ELW includes the exceptional features of Colt’s Competition series: a full size, blue carbon steel frame, upswept beavertail grip safety, dual recoil spring system, National Match Barrel and Novak adjustable fiber optic sights, The Colt factory serial numbers are unique – ELW001-ELW-500. The slide flats are polished and inscribed with a distinct custom roll mark and a rampant Colt logo on the rear quarter panel. The right side slide is marked Competition Model. The barrel is polished at the breach end and at the crown. ELW grips are VZ G-10 Proprietary Disruptive Hyena Burl with a unique “Super Scoop” The ‘Super Scoop’ blends smoothly with the grip and gives extra thumb relief for easy access to the mag release button for fast mag changes. The grip is textured in VZ’s most popular ‘Operator II’ pattern providing a secure grip without being overly aggressive.