None of the Super .38 pistols made by Colts had lanyard loop mainspring housings. I think it is authentic although I've never seen one. It certainly looks like a Super .38 of the period. Clawson doesn't state where those pistols ultimately ended up, so I can't say if it was a USMC or OSS or the Department of Agriculture. It would be interesting to know where they went. Personally, I'd like to have it. At it's current bid, it's not to far over what a decent specimen would go without the government markings. I think this one will go over $5000 from what I've seen. Clawson states the U.S. pistols had Swartz safeties. I'm going to ask the seller if we can see that.Clawson does not list such an example in his Government Models book (at least not in the first edition). It must be very rare. I doubt that it is a fake as why would someone ruin a perfectly good early Super 38? The serial number is in the wartime range and it has the late war trigger and a post war? serrated main spring housing without a lanyard loop.
This part is hee haw. The pistol appears to be just what it is, a Super .38 that was purchased per Clawson, by the government.In late 1945 the Miltary took 400 Colt 1911/ 1911A1 and sent them to Colt to have them made into 38 super for Camp Perry shooting. These were signfied by the stamping of the ordnance mark and the GHD inspector marks.
It would depend on several factors. Condition comes first and by what you've stated, $999 for a 75 to 80% example would be too much. IMO, you box up every beaver tail grip safety and drop them in the ocean. I feel that it's just another gun gimmick to make someone money. The other two modifications wouldn't be hard to correct. The second thing would be what is the serial range? Axels pistol was probably put together by Colts just after the war ended it's an interesting variation in pristine condition. I've seen early 1950's examples going for over $2K when 95% + and original. Once you get into Series 70 I wouldn't expect to pay more than $750 +/-. That's about what a new Colt retails for.I was at my local gunsmith shop on fri. he has a .38 super there ,looks to be maybe 75 or 80 %,still has blue on it .I think somebody changed out trigger,hammer and put beavertail on it. I know that it it close to impossible to tell how much it is worth without seeing it BUT maybe a ball park. He wants 999.00 .i think i could get it a little cheaper but not sure.