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Old 06-18-2011, 12:42 PM
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Have had this one for years everything looks original and thought that would go thru it and see if it is 100% original. First thing I noticed was that it had a long tang grip safety, everything else looked OK except for maybe the barrel, the only markings I could find on it was an "S" or a "6" on the lug. Any of you with more experience have an idea about the barrel?

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Old 06-18-2011, 01:07 PM
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It's hard to tell from the pic, but it looks as though it has been parked. Plus tbe slide and receiver don't look like they match.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:10 PM
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Your slide stop is not correct for a 1918. It is for a later model.

Is your barrel possibly marked "s" and "p", rather than "6"?

That would be a Springfield barrel.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:26 PM
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mark on barrel

On the left side of the lug there is an S , on the same side side but on the right edge there is like a straight line which could be part of a P. They are not together.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:36 PM
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The hammer also looks like a WW2 unit, and the grips appear to be aftermarket repros. The finish definitely isn't original. The barrel sounds like a Springfield replacement. Regardless, you still have a nice old pistol that a lot of guys would still like to have. I'd guestimate its value at around $600-$700.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:46 PM
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barrel marking

I cleaned the barrel real well and there is definitely an "S" and a "P" on the lug, so I guess it is a Springfield barrel. Is that proper for a 1918 Colt? I started to replace the barrel with another because I did not think that it was original and looked worn out, to shoot but the inside is cleaning up real nice. Maybe I will just replace the barrel bushing, which has a lot of play in it. Is there supposed to be any markings on the hood?

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Old 06-23-2011, 05:19 PM
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I couldn't find a pic with your serial number, but the original barrel would have either separate H and P characters on top of the chamber, or a siamesed HP mark.
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