Ok, this is going to be a lengthy one.
My collection of Kongsberg Colt M/1914 11.25m/m (45 acp.) pistols. They are all made at the norwegian Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk:
The first one.
Made in 1928.
All matching numbers and original finish. Bore is good:
Made in 1941 while Norway was occupied by the germans. Delivered to the Armeeoberkommando Norwegen.
All matching numbers and original enamel paint finish. Bore is very good:
Made in 1942, also for the Armeeoberkomando Norwegen. This one has got the original phosphate finish wich replaced the enamel paint used on the 1941 and early 42 models. All matching numbers except for barrel wich is new:
Last one (for now).
Made in 1945, but assemblied in 1948 (one of the last M/1914 made at Kongsberg) All matching numbers, original phosphate finish and very good bore:
The modified slide release was a requirement from the norwegian military when they decided on the Colt design in 1912. The only thing that sets an M/1914 apart from a Colt 1911 is the slide release.
There were approx 33 000 pistols made between 1916 and 1948.
Some of the M/1914 pistols made in 1945, when Norway was still occupied by the german nazis, even have "waffenampt" markings (eagle and swastika).