Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Found a Colt in my Dad's basement

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,077
    Location:
    PNW WA
    I had no idea they made these:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. rocinante

    rocinante Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,306
    Location:
    Alpharetta GA
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,077
    Location:
    PNW WA
    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 Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Messages:
    773
    So, FourTeeFive, were you shocked?
     
  5. average_shooter

    average_shooter Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,269
    Location:
    mn
    Neat.

    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 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Messages:
    711
    Hmmmm. Only 30 amp?

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

    Pilot Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    6,605
    Location:
    USA
    Does it have any MIM parts in it?
     
  8. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4,465
    Location:
    Morgan County, Alabama
    You dirty rat!:evil::evil:

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

    1 old 0311 member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2005
    Messages:
    2,672
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    Bet it is a real SOB finding a holster for that.:what:
     
  10. Rachen

    Rachen member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,541
    Location:
    New York
    FourTeeFive, you better register that soon:neener:
     
  11. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    Messages:
    5,054
    Location:
    Louisiana
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,541
    Location:
    New York
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    3,024
    Location:
    West Michigan
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2006
    Messages:
    391
    Location:
    Show Low AZ
    Actually...

    ...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 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,874
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Didn't Singer (as in the sewing machines) make some 1911's during WWII?

    Jason
     
  16. Avenger

    Avenger Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Messages:
    647
    You HAVE to send that serial to them, maybe they can tell you when it was made!
     
  17. Rachen

    Rachen member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,541
    Location:
    New York
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2006
    Messages:
    697
    Location:
    Heart of the Heart of Dixie
    Yousee, Colt did make a Hi-Power! Don't be so shocked. :eek:
     
  19. Kharn

    Kharn Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,999
    Location:
    Maryland
    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.

    Kharn
     
  20. Big Duke Six

    Big Duke Six Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Messages:
    29
    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...
     
  21. matt87

    matt87 Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2007
    Messages:
    299
    Location:
    Exeter, (formerly) Great Britiain
    *Shrug* I suppose guns are mere machined and stamped metal tools. Who'd have thunk it?
     
  22. Owens

    Owens Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    373
    Location:
    Texas!
    I believe the "liberator" single shot .45 was also made by the GM Guidelamp division. I'm sure there is a lot of other examples of manufacture that would fit in this group.
     
  23. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,301
    Location:
    Georgia
    Okay, this is turning into gun trivia, so I have to throw one in. Quality Hardware and Machine made M1 Carbines during WWII. Union Switch & Signal supplied Quality with receivers at one point. So, some soldiers went to battle with a gun that was stamped Un-Quality on the receiver. Those command a premium $$$ now.
     
  24. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    4,910
    I understand that Smith & Wesson actually made a washing machine, but I've never seen one.


    S&W makes a lot of precison parts for a lot of things. When I went through the factory in 1997 or 98 they were making golf club heads (subcontracting for some manufacturer) and bicycles sold as S&Ws.
     
  25. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    2,008
    Location:
    Midland, MI
    Wow, i'd love to have that steel faceplate for my hardhat.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page