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Found a Colt in my Dad's basement

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FourTeeFive, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive Well-Known Member

    I had no idea they made these:

  2. rocinante

    rocinante Well-Known Member

    Kewl. At first glance I said nah. You can have the same name as long as it is not in the same industry but sure nuf Colt's Pat. Firearms Mfg Co., Hartford, Conn.

    I AM ENCOURAGED! Maybe my future plasma rifle in the 40 watt range might be Colt.
  3. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive Well-Known Member

    That's what surprised me. I could understand having another division of the company (Colt Electrical) but to have "Firearms Mfg" on a building product seems a bit strange. On the other hand I used to have a Remington 1911, so to these manufacturers I guess metal is metal.
  4. Sage of Seattle

    Sage of Seattle Well-Known Member

    So, FourTeeFive, were you shocked?
  5. average_shooter

    average_shooter Well-Known Member


    My dream gun that I'll never actually get is one of those Singer Sewing Machine Co. 1911s. I think it would be the perfect companion piece to the Singer sewing machine I've already got. :p
  6. Superlite27

    Superlite27 Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm. Only 30 amp?

    You'd think it would be 45.
  7. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Does it have any MIM parts in it?
  8. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    You dirty rat!:evil::evil:

    (Ya gotta understand what I was expecting!!!!)
  9. 1 old 0311

    1 old 0311 member

    Bet it is a real SOB finding a holster for that.:what:
  10. Rachen

    Rachen member

    FourTeeFive, you better register that soon:neener:
  11. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not, US gun companies made a lot of different things. I understand that Smith & Wesson actually made a washing machine, but I've never seen one.
  12. Rachen

    Rachen member

    And vice versa too. Rock-Ola was a company that manufactured jukeboxes before World War II, However, when the war broke out, Rock-Ola built M1 carbines.
  13. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    either way, its a colt, and you have to handle it with care, or it can be deadly!
    i wonder if this was made right after wwII?
  14. spwenger

    spwenger Well-Known Member


    ...it was more likely made by Remington Rand, a typewriter and business-machine manufacturer that received one of many WWII contracts to produce military firearms. Union Switch & Signal was one that lost its contract to manufature 1911A1 pistols because too many were being lost as "lunchbox specials," so they ended up producing receivers for the M1 Carbine, as subcontractors for a couple of the "prime contractors."

    Of note, in the production of the M1 Carbine, it was Inland Division of General Motors that first got them into serious production and made the largest number and it was other manufacturers, such as IBM and Underwood Elliott Fisher (another manufacturer of typewriters and business machines) that came up with ways to produce them more efficiently.
  15. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Didn't Singer (as in the sewing machines) make some 1911's during WWII?

  16. Avenger

    Avenger Well-Known Member

    You HAVE to send that serial to them, maybe they can tell you when it was made!
  17. Rachen

    Rachen member

    Yes, and Remington/Eley did mass produce typewriters at the end of the nineteenth century.

    Even nowadays, look at General Electric. They produce miniguns too, as well as many other defensive products.

    And back to the older times again, Whitworth not only built the famous English sharpshooter's rifle, but also manufactured precision tooling and machinery.
  18. elrod

    elrod Well-Known Member

    Yousee, Colt did make a Hi-Power! Don't be so shocked. :eek:
  19. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    IBM made M1 carbines during WWII, Guidelamp (a division of GM) made M3 grease guns, Hydramatic Transmission (another division of GM) made M16s, etc.

    Sturm Ruger's a big player in the casting industry, they make invest castings for golf clubs and all sorts of other stuff. Daewoo makes cars, assault rifles, consumer electronics and many other things.

    If there's a buck to be made, you can bet some business has tried to do it.

  20. Big Duke Six

    Big Duke Six Active Member

    I was working on the renovation of the old Colt armory a few years back, and got some really cool stuff while I was there...Colt disconnects(like the one pictured), Colt fuses, Colt circuit breaker panels....If I get a chance, I'll post some pics....
    I aslo found some assorted parts, an M-16 barrel-seriously rusted, flash supressor, shell casings, etc...

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