Dating my colt 1911

45) Union Switch & Signal: S/N 1,041,405 to 1,060,000 = 1943 46) Union Switch & Signal: S/N 1,060,000 to 1,096,404 = 1943 (S/N’s 1,088,726 to 1,092,896 were duplicated by Colt. S.) Regular commercial model Colt except has “English Order” mark in Russian on left side of frame. Early 1954 models looked like regular 1911A1 and later versions usually had adjustable sights.) 2) U. 4) Colt M1911 British RAF Contract: S/N W91,100 to W110,696 = Jan. 10,000 pistols were shipped to the Royal Air Force from this serial number range and were .455 Webley caliber.) 5) British M1911A1 WW II Lend-Lease: From all S/N’s of U. M1911A1 models = March 11, 1941 through the rest of WW II ( The U. furnished 39,592 pistols to Britain through the Lend-Lease Act.) 6) Colt M1911 Russian Contract: S/N C23000 to C89000 = Feb. 18, 1917 ( Russia purchased 51,000 M1911 .45 ACP pistols during WW I. Russia purchased more M1911 pistols than any other country besides the U.A serial number preceded by a "NO" instead of a "No" indicates manufacture by Remington-Rand. An RCD inspector mark or double spacing between the M and 1911A1 indicates manufacture by Union Switch and Signal. A geometric-shape proofmark, like a triangle, arrowhead or such, on the front left of triggerguard indicates an M1911A1 made by Ithaca. An "X" prefix to the serial number indicates a gun that has been re-serial numbered by ordnance, and the maker is neither identifiable or relevant.These rules will not allow you to identify every single frame you en- counter, but the will suffice for 99 percent of them." BTW, when M1911A1 pistols were rebuilt a military facility they were rebuilt without any regard to the maker of the frame, slide or other parts..'n match, first in - last out, whatever was expedient to get the pistol in and out was the rule of thumb.As example in the late 1960's Colt started combining all small "D" frame models like the Detective Special, Cobra, Agent, Diamondback, Viper, Police Positive Special, etc in the same serial number ranges.Because of Colt's serial number systems it may not be possible to identify what model a Colt is based on just the number.

Well we did some digging and found that Colt offers an archival service for a moderate fee to locate all records of your original Colt shipment.10, 1918 to May 24, 1919 14) North American Arms: S/N 1 to 100 & S/N’s 111, 222, 333, 444, 555 = July 1, 1918 to Dec. They are very rare and rank in value with Singer models. was issued a contract on July 20, 1918 and canceled on Dec. 14) Colt ( Transition Models): S/N 700,000 to 710,000 = 1924 15) Colt: S/N 710,001 to 711,000 = Early 1937 16) Colt: S/N 711,001 to 712,350 = Mid to Late 1937 17) Colt: S/N 712,350 to 713,645 = 1938 18)Colt: S/N 713,646 to 717,281 = 1939 19) Colt: S/N 717,282 to 721,977 = 1940 20) Colt: S/N 721,977 to 756,733 = 1941 21) Colt: S/N 756,734 to 857,000 = 1942 (S/N’s 856,405 to 916,404 were also duplicated by Ithaca but will have “F. A.” Ithaca inspection initials.) 22) Colt: S/N 857,000 to 1,609,529 = 1943 (S/N’s 856,405 to 916,404 were duplicated by Ithaca look for “F. Look for “RCD” US&S inspection initials.) 23) Colt: (Commercial/Military Model) S/N 857,000 to 1,609,529 = 1943 (approx. The first they made had “COLT AUT PISTOL M/1912” on the slides and then at S/N 100 this changed to “11.25 m/m AUT. 8) Colt M1911 Argentine: S/N C6201 to C11621 = 1914, S/N C20,001 to C21000 = 1916 S/N C86790 to C116000 = 1919 ( 321 shipped in 1914 marked on right side of slide with “MARINA ARGENTINA”. 1927″ and S/N’s stamped on top of slide in Colt’s italic numbers.) SYST. Other M1911A1 pistols made in Argintina at Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles, Rosario, Argintina S/N 10,001 to 112,000 10) Colt M1911 MEXICAN: After WW I, Mexico procured an unknown number of M1911 pistols made by Colt. S/N C1 to C1899 – 1912 – 1899 S/N C1900 to C5399 – 1913 – 3500 S/N C5400 to C16599 – 1914 – 11,200 S/N C16600 to C27599 – 1915 – 11,000 S/N C27600 to C74999 – 1916 – 47,400 S/N C75000 to C98999 – 1917 – 24,000 S/N C99000 to C105999 – 1918 – 7000 S/N C106000 to C120999 – 1919 – 15,000 S/N C121000 to C126999 – 1920 – 6000 S/N C127000 to C128999 – 1921 – 2000 S/N C129000 to C129999 – 1922 – 1000 S/N C130000 to C133999 – 1923 – 4000 Some special military orders and military contractor orders were made.( None of these were reported shipped to any branch of the military but about 100 regular models and about 5 presentation models were manufactured in Quebec, Canada by the North American Arms Company, Ltd.) 15) A. 6,575 Commercial models were converted to military production. B.” Colt inspection initials.) 37) Ithaca: S/N 900,001 to 914,000 = 1943 38) Ithaca: S/N 914,000 to 916,404 = 1943 39) Ithaca: S/N 1,208,674 to 1,279,673 = 1943 40) Ithaca: S/N 1,441,431 to 1,471,430 = 1943 41) Ithaca: S/N 1,816,642 to 1,890,503 = 1944 42) Ithaca: S/N 2,075,104 to 2,134,403 = 1945 43) Ithaca: S/N 2,619,014 to 2,693,613 = 1945 44) Singer: S/N S800001 to S800500 = 1941 ( Use great care in evaluating these. This pistol is also counterfeited the most.) Slide markings are: S. In 1915 another 1000 shipped within above S/N range. in 1960 as surplus but very rare in any condition.) 9) Colt M1911A1 Argentine Modelo 1927: S/N 1 to 10,000 = July 28, 1927 to Feb. COLT pistols made by Argintina under licence from Colt marked on right of slide with “EJERCITO ARGENTINO / SIST. These are rare because of Mexico’s strict penalties for illegal possession of military arms (ON SPOT EXECUTION). Serial Numbers – Date – Number Made S/N C135000 to C139999 – 1924 – 5000 S/N C140000 to 144999 – 1925 – 5000 S/N C145000 to C150999 – 1926 – 6000 S/N C151000 to C151999 – 1927 – 1000 S/N C152000 to C154999 – 1928 – 3000 S/N C155000 to C155999 – 1929 – 1000 S/N C156000 to C158999 – 1930 – 3000 S/N C159000 to C160999 – 1931 – 2000 S/N C161000 to C164799 – 1932 – 3800 S/N C164800 to C174599 – 1933 – 9800 S/N C174600 to C177999 – 1934 – 3400 S/N C178000 to C179799 – 1935 – 1800 S/N C179800 to C183199 – 1936 – 3400 S/N C183200 to C188699 – 1937 – 5500 S/N C188700 to C189599 – 1938 – 900 S/N C189600 to C198899 – 1939 – 9300 S/N C198900 to C199299 – 1940 – 400 S/N C199300 to C208799 – 1941 – 9500 S/N C208800 to C215018 – 1942 – 6219 S/N C221001 to C222000 – 1946 – 1000 S/N C222001 to C231999 – 1947 – 9999 S/N C232000 to C238500 – 1948 – 6501 S/N C238501 to C240000 – 1949 – 1500 S/N C240001 to 247700C – 1950 – 7700 S/N 247701C to 253179C – 1951 – 5479 S/N 253180C to 259549C – 1952 – 6370 S/N 259550C to 266349C – 1953 – 6800 S/N 266350C to 270549C – 1954 – 4200 S/N 270550C to 272549C – 1955 – 2000 S/N 272550C to 276699C – 1956 – 4150 S/N 276700C to 281999C – 1957 – 5300 S/N 282000C to 283799C – 1958 – 1800 S/N 283800C to 285799C – 1959 – 2000 S/N 285800C to 287999C – 1960 – 2200 S/N 288000C to 289849C – 1961 – 1850 S/N 289850C to 291299C – 1962 – 1450 S/N 291300C to 293799C – 1963 – 2500 S/N 293800C to 295999C – 1964 – 2200 S/N 296000C to 300299C – 1965 – 4300 S/N 300300C to 308499C – 1966 – 8200 S/N 308500C to 315599C – 1967 – 7100 S/N 315600C to 324499C – 1968 – 8900 S/N 324500C to 332649C – 1969 – 8150 S/N 332650C to 336169C – 1970 -3520 During 1970 the change to the new series “70” begins and serial numbers changed also. Since the slide is the only part actually marked with the manufacturer's name, you can see the problem that arises. Karwan in the 3/1/95 issue of Classic Firearms will shed some light. The guns themselves can help you reveal which company made the pistol's frame. World War II production: five (5) manufacturers made the M1911A1 pistol: * Colt * Ithaca * Remington-Rand * Union Switch & Signal * Singer Sewing Machine Co. 500) The problem with ID'ing M1911A1's is that parts are totally interchange- able, and during the lives of many examples their slides were many times switched or replaced.They provide every spec about the gun, who is was shipped to, when it was shipped, and even how many other firearms were shipped at the same time as yours.

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