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buckfever 03-22-2011 06:37 AM

Old ww1 colt question
Got a co-worker that had a Colt 45 that was handed down the line. He is curious how rare it is or how valuable. He has no knowledge of the gun other than he thinks it was issued in World War 1, maybe to a grandparent that wasnt suppose to keep it? Somewhere along the lines it was probably taken when it was not suppose to be. We are deducting that because it looks like the serial numbers were scratched off.

Here are the numbers on the piece.


Any of yall have any insight on this piece or can point me to an article about it? Im figuring without the serial number it may be very hard. I can ask him if he can try and make out any of them at all if having few numbers would help.

Thanks much

ronn 03-22-2011 03:13 PM

its a colt 1911 probably. it was fairly common for these to see service and then make its way back home. if i'm not mistaken the dcm released some 1911's to members of shooting teams back in the 80's so it could have come from there. i'm due a firearm but its a once in a life time deal for competition shooters. not sure of all the ins and outs. i could have and qualify for a M1 Garrand for like 112 bucks. maybe i should look into that. good luck on finding the history

rdrader2002 03-22-2011 07:19 PM

Any pictures that he might be able to provide would be worth more than a thousand words. Can't do much without pictures. The numbers are a bit confusing as well. The Colt M-1911 is just that, they started using it in 1911 after finding that the old .38 cal revolver was useless against the Moro Indians in the Phillipine Islands. Any information you can get as to where those numbers are located and on what pieces the numbers are stamped would be a great help in identifying it.

Early Colts that pre-date WWI are near priceless antiques (for lack of a better word), especially if they are in decent condition. Next time I head for TN, I can bring along one of its newer 'cousins'. It may not be a Colt, but it's definitely an M1911, and of WWII vintage.

Hunting Man 03-22-2011 09:02 PM

BF, if you can see any other words letters, ect maybe be able to identify. Check for things like commercial, Government, value is all over the place based on specific model and where it was produced, ie country. There were many contracts for 1911 models all over the world.

BruceBruce1959 03-23-2011 06:23 AM

bf you can check here also, maybe this link to Military Issue Serial Number Tables will offer some help...

Good Luck

buckfever 03-26-2011 07:00 AM

Thanks fellows. He is suppose to email me some pictures and provide a little more detail for me.

Looking around at some websites about them I have seen there are a blue million of these dudes around. Maybe we will get lucky and it will be an oldie.

rdrader2002 03-26-2011 08:56 PM

Serial number on my "oldie" is on the right hand side of the frame slightly above and behind the trigger. It's a Remington-Rand with the serial number dating it back to late '43 to early '44.

Yup, lots of these jewels were made over the years, lots more during the 'war' years.

But the M1911 has been called the 'Greatest Pistol in the World', serving our country's military for almost 75 years before "someone" decided that it needed to be replaced by the current M9-9mm. Seems like "someone" forgot the reason we went to the .45 cal round over the .38/9mm in the first place. There's a definite reason that most law enforcement now uses either .40 or .45, something that "someone" should consider the next time "they" decide what is best for our troops.

rdrader2002 03-26-2011 11:45 PM

Here's a good website to use. From their website, found out that mine was 'refurbished' at Anniston Army Depot sometime in June of 1975. Been wondering what that ANAD 6 75 marking meant.

rdrader2002 03-31-2011 11:59 PM

Cool M1911 Forum
Hey BF,

If you ever get more info on that old pistol of your buddy's, let me know. I found a "new" forum for "just" M1911's. There's an entire section for military versions and a whole bunch of folks with a heck of a lot more knowledge of the things than I have. There's guys in there that have forgotten more about the M1911 than I learned about it in my 20 years of service.

The M1911 Pistols Organization Forums Site

buckfever 04-01-2011 09:35 AM

Thanks father-in-law! Im still waiting on him to email me the pics and info. He works exact opposite shift of me so we see each other very rarely.

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