Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Her uncle (WWII vet) gave it to her for her 16th birthday and she found out I, ahem, kinda like these things, so I told her I'd ask. If is it indeed park'd, it has been altered, which dramatically effects its value. Ed Pictures of my 1911 and the other guns from my wife's grandfather are here.Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1946 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value. Plastic grips, smooth straight MSH, parkerized finish excellent, got a slight idiot scratch, smooth trigger, short serrated hammer... Additionally, there is a slightly visable stamping on the left side "OPERTY" which is probably "UNITED STATES PROPERTY" (? Thanks for the help in identifying the .45 a mixmaster and commercial re-blue for sure.10, 1918 to May 24, 1919 13) Remington-UMC: S/N 15,000 to 21,676 = Aug. It is unknown for sure if any slides were made and no frames were made. S/N’s 1,041,405 to 1,096,404 were duplicated by Union Switch & Signal. In 1917, Norway obtained licence to manufacture it’s M1911 pistols. May have “EJERCITO MEXICANO” on right side of slide.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. 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. B.” Colt inspection initials.) 1) Springfield Armory: U. ARMY NATIONAL MATCH = 1954 to 1967 (Very hard to identify. to Nov., 1914 ( Only 5000 pistols in this serial number range were shipped to Canada.) Caliber .45 ACP 2) Colt M1911A1 Canadian Contract: S/N 930,000 to 936,000 = 1943 ( 1,515 military model pistols were shipped to Canada through the Lend-Leased Act from this serial number range.) Caliber .45 ACP 3) Colt M1911 British Contract: S/N W29117 to W97000 and S/N C29 to C74,200 = May 1912 to April 1919 (Approx. Serial numbers that begin with a “C” were .45 ACP and serial numbers that begin with a “W” were .455 Webley calibers.If you are interested in learning more about this pistol, when it was designed, how it works, who makes it, what accessories are available, how it can be improved or customized etc., you came to the right place. If multiple models appear for your serial number, simply match the date with the appropriate model, as certain vintage firearms can share serial numbers between different models.
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Most likely a 1960s NRA pistol "restored." -- Chuck Looks like your LP08 (Artillery) is not put together correctly.
The receiver and barrel assembly is sitting too far back in the frame.
The Government Model 22 is blowback operated, having the barrel rigidly attached to the frame.
Like the centerfire 1911, the Colt Government Model 22 has a thumb safety, grip safety, magazine release, and slide lock that operate just like the centerfire 1911.
I recently received an arsenal of WWII handguns from my wife's grandfather and have spent a long time trying to figure out production dates. Would be an AA stamp, or a Rem Rand or Ithaca marking on the slide.