The United States Army adopted the Colt Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol which was in .45 ACP. There were various versions made and over 100 years later, some are still in service and new versions are being made.
In 1914, Canada bought 5,000 of the Commercial models along with special Mills made webbing for use by the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F. , CEF)
1914 Commercial Colt Model .45 ACP, serial number C13086
A rare complete set is in the New Westminster Museum and Archives, New Westminster, BC. That pistol is serial number C13085. There are Canadian C/|\ (arrow inside the “C”) signifying that it was Canadian issue. It has wartime issue markings on the front of the grip.
This particular set was issued to an officer from New Westminster. His name was Courbold as I recall. The 1914 dated MILLS webbing was very little used by him, but there is also a different very well worn holster that appears to be the one that he wore in action to carry this pistol.
This complete set consists of:
Pistol Serial number C13086
Web belt (“Pistol Belt” in U.S. terminology)
Twin magazine pouch
I photographed it in 2006 as I found it. The firearms had been hidden away by my predecessor who did not like historic firearms and they were all allowed to become rusty by neglect. I cleaned the firearms and applied oil, but sadly the damage was done to the bluing finish.