Help identifying a 1911 please?


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Rio Grande
March 2, 2003, 12:41 PM
Hi All,
I've looked around the Internet for a site that will identify 1911's by serial number but haven't come across one. I recently took one in on trade:

right frame - Government Model C 230706
right slide - Colt Automatic Calibre 45, spelled that way, with a Colt holding spears.
right trigger guard at top - "95" in tiny lettering
left trigger guard at top - "F" with a "VP" in a triangle underneath in tiny lettering
left slide: Colt's Mfg. Co. Hartford CT. USA

It's in A1 configuration but does not say A1 anywhere on it, and it appears to be fairly old. ??????

It has had "Micro" adjustable target sights and bbl. put on it and has an adjustable trigger with original hammer. It's a real shooter and hasn't jammed once in about 100 rounds with my semi-wadcutter reloads - which can be fussy loaders in my other 1911's

I'm not an expert on these 1911's - I just like to shoot them. Any help identifying this piece would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
Dave W.

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Jim Watson
March 2, 2003, 01:33 PM
You have a Colt Government Model made in 1947. Doesn't say "A1" because that is a military designation and yours is a commercial model - that's what the "C" serial number prefix stands for.

Slide markings may be pre-war (an older slide used in the accuracy work) or wartime (When Colt resumed commercial production after WW II they used parts on hand but not delivered to the Army to get started.) You need a real collector to pronounce on that; ask in USGI on
www.1911forum.

The Micro sights, barrel bushing and adjustable trigger are aftermarket parts. Has the gun been fully accurized with a tight barrel to slide and slide to frame fit?

Rio Grande
March 2, 2003, 06:24 PM
Thanks for the info,
I'll go to the forum you mentioned and post a question. Regarding the slide to frame fit - yes it is very tight and I didn't think to check that before you asked. Your information confirmed my suspicion regarding the age of the gun. Think I'll make this one a keeper.

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