M1911 pistol belonging to First Lieutenant Edgar N. Coffey, Jr.
This commercial production Colt Model 1911 pistol was likely purchased by Coffey prior to his deployment to Texas. Due to a shortage of the newly adopted Colt .45 automatic pistols, officers were permitted to privately purchase commercial Colt versions of the weapon. “E.N. Coffey Jr . / 1st Lieut 1st Inf. N.G. of Miss.” is engraved on one side of the barrel.