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Old 03-22-2011, 06:37 AM
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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

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Old 03-22-2011, 07:19 PM
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:23 AM
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bf you can check here also, maybe this link to Military Issue Serial Number Tables will offer some help...

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Old 03-26-2011, 07:00 AM
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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.
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