Old ww1 colt question - Deer Hunting Forums

Go Back   Deer Hunting Forums > General Forums > Handgun Hunting
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-22-2011, 06:37 AM
buckfever's Avatar
buckfever buckfever is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 5,650
Default 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.

1908
1911
1913


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

Last edited by buckfever; 03-22-2011 at 06:40 AM.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-22-2011, 03:13 PM
ronn
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

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
Edit/Delete Message Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-22-2011, 07:19 PM
rdrader2002's Avatar
rdrader2002 rdrader2002 is offline
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 824
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-22-2011, 09:02 PM
Hunting Man Hunting Man is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon, Ohio
Posts: 7,558
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2011, 06:23 AM
BruceBruce1959's Avatar
BruceBruce1959 BruceBruce1959 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vermont
Posts: 5,358
Default

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

Good Luck
__________________
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.
-Benjamin Franklin

Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-26-2011, 07:00 AM
buckfever's Avatar
buckfever buckfever is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 5,650
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-26-2011, 08:56 PM
rdrader2002's Avatar
rdrader2002 rdrader2002 is offline
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 824
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-26-2011, 11:45 PM
rdrader2002's Avatar
rdrader2002 rdrader2002 is offline
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 824
Default

http://coolgunsite.com/pistols/1911infopage.htm

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.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-31-2011, 11:59 PM
rdrader2002's Avatar
rdrader2002 rdrader2002 is offline
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 824
Default 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
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 04-01-2011, 09:35 AM
buckfever's Avatar
buckfever buckfever is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 5,650
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Top Posters
Hunting Man7558
buckfever5650
BruceBruce19595358
timberghost3886
joel the signman3608
tator3136
gfdeputy22745
delbert1489
Buckshot1219
hunt NH1203
Photos
Amature Photography
BruceBruce1959
Amature Photography
Team DHC Articles


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26 PM.



    LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.0.0 RC8