A 1911 question...


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ball3006
January 28, 2003, 02:53 PM
I have noticed that WW1 1911's with "H and P" stamped on the barrel shroud command more pricewise. Why is this?..chris3

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Jim K
January 28, 2003, 10:19 PM
The "H" mark was that of Colt inspector Francis L. Hosmer. The "H" with serifs appeared only on the shroud of barrels for serial numbers 101 to about 6500; the "H" without serifs from there to about 25,000. After that, the H was placed on top of the barrel, either along with, or combined with, the "P" proof mark.

The reason specific barrels command higher prices is that if (for example) I have a 1911, serial number 12345, with a WWII replacement HS barrel I will pay money to have a barrel of the original type. Obviously, it is very unlikely to BE the original barrel, but it will let the pistol LOOK original, and it will bring a higher price.

Jim

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