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Old 09-03-2012, 01:59 PM
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Colt Serial Number look-up




Colt just added a new search tool to their website.

http://www.coltsmfg.com/CustomerServ...berLookup.aspx

This allows you to look up your own serial numbers and it gives you the model and year built.

It found 4 out of 6 of mine. Pretty cool.

Thanks Brent!
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:33 PM
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Once it's a bit more complete it'll be a great too. So far however it only found three of mine, and none of the newer ones.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:48 PM
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Once it's a bit more complete it'll be a great too. So far however it only found three of mine, and none of the newer ones.
Interesting. It only found the newer ones of mine (two from '95).
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:22 PM
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It pulled up all of mine that I plugged in from a 35 ACE to a few 42 and 43 M1911a1s, 42 Commando, to a bunch of pre-70 Government Models and LW Commanders. Sometimes it provide multiple hits, but always had the gun listed. It doesn't like special characters, but works pretty good.

Pretty cool - I wasn't for sure if my Commando was 42 or 43. Now I know.

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:21 AM
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Well, it's telling me that mine was built in '78........ but when I called Colt a while ago, they said it was '81.........and going by the number trend on proofhouse, I believe the '81 date.


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Old 09-04-2012, 06:53 AM
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It's not working too good. I got a return on one out of four.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:36 AM
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Worked for me Model 1903 built in 1925.

thanks for the info!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:38 AM
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As time goes on the system will get better. We get hundreds of phone calls every day asking "when was my gun made". We needed to do something to slow the volume of calls so we can give better service and faster answer times. It is a work in progress.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:09 PM
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I'm going to give this a whirl! Sure beats deciphering serial number codes like the ones found on other makes!
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:27 PM
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As time goes on the system will get better. We get hundreds of phone calls every day asking "when was my gun made". We needed to do something to slow the volume of calls so we can give better service and faster answer times. It is a work in progress.
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Brent, I am sure with a few million records to enter, it takes some resources to complete. The effort is not in vain and I hope it relives some workload for your staff.

Thanks again to whom ever got this task through management. It has worked for me and I am happy..

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:17 PM
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Most of the Colt 1911s I own are not in there yet. Of the ones that are there are differences from what Colt told me on the phone and what is in the online lookup database. A GCNM Enhanced I was told was made in 1996 comes up being made in 1995. I got this almost new in the box with all the papers. I can see a gun being made in 1995 and being in the supply line and then sold in 1996.

The one I found that bothers me is a GCNM in SS that Colt told me on the phone was made in 1988 but on the lookup tool it comes up 1995. Now aside from Colt telling me on the phone it was made in 1988 the friend I bought it from remembers getting it from his Son for Christmas of 1988. Unfortunately he threw out the box and paperwork years ago. It also has a collet barrel bushing, and I do not think Colt was using them anymore in 1995. The front of the frame is grooved, and, again I do not think Colt was doing that in 1995.

Not huge, but hopefully Colt is double checking the data they put into the tool. I certainly pulled that SS GCNM out and double checked the SN on the frame.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:02 PM
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it figures it wont show my D.E. sn: 10SS0511
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:01 PM
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Brent, I am sure with a few million records to enter, it takes some resources to complete.
Yup. I tested the query system using the serial number to my 1974 Series 70 and got this:

"1974

1911 .45 (COMMERCIAL) WITH C PREFIX, INCLUDING 1ST MODEL NATIONAL MATCH (1933-41)"

I think the data is a little off!
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:57 AM
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Again guys, a work in progress. The system should be using the same info as the customer service reps use to look up the serial numbers.
I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:29 AM
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Put in my series 70 and got this:

1968
PYTHON MODEL
1967
OFFICERS MODEL
1951
SUPER .38 MODEL INCLUDING SUPER MATCH .38
1950
OFFICERS MODEL SPECIAL
1943
COMMANDO
1933
WOODSMAN .22 AUTOMATIC
1928
1908 HAMMERLESS .380
1919
POCKET POSITIVE MODEL (CONTINUED SERIALS FROM NEW POCKET MODEL)
1916
POLICE POSITIVE .38
1915
NEW SERVICE & SHOOTING MASTER & 1917
1914
MODEL 1911 MILITARY
COLT
1913
1908 HAMMERLESS .25
1913
POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL & DETECTIVE SPECIAL
1911
POLICE POSITIVE .32 & POLICE POSITIVE TARGET
1909
1903 HAMMERLESS .32
1904
LIGHTNING MAGAZINE RIFLE-SMALL FRAME .22RF
1900
MEDIUM FRAME MODEL
1897
"NEW ARMY & NAVY MODELS 1892,94,95,96,1901 & 03"
1892
MODEL 1877 LIGHTNING REVOLVER (.38) & THUNDERER (.41)
1883
SINGLE ACTION ARMY & BISLEY REVOLVERS
".45 COLT CALIBER, STANDARD"
1876
OPEN TOP POCKET MODEL .22
1863
1860 ARMY (.44 CALIBER)
1858
1851 NAVY (.36 CALIBER)


Work in Progress.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:28 AM
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It showed my 4" nickel Colt Official Police 38 being made in 1950.

My uncle bought it from a fellow NYC cop back in the late 1950s and threw it in the safe. Although he gave it to me back in the late 1990s, I never got around to shooting it myself, I know that it has not been shot since the 1950s!

At one point I though that I lost it, but it was buried in the back of the safe.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:09 PM
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Again guys, a work in progress. The system should be using the same info as the customer service reps use to look up the serial numbers.
I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
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This will be helpful when it gets to working.

If selling a gun it's nice to be able to say when it was manufactured(and know your dates are accurate).

If you buy a NIB gun in the mid-'80s and the gun was made in the mid'70s I just think it is a good thing to know.

It might save a bunch of phone calls and internet work if the manufacturing date was included with the paperwork/box.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:32 PM
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I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
Brent
I always enter the year of manufacture into the spreadsheet for all of my firearms, even if it's just an estimate. Besides, I think folks just like to know when their gun was made.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:43 PM
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ya know, i never really looked at my sn before.....i might have the 511th one of these guns ever made, out of how many?.......
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:07 PM
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I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
To know what year the pistol was made. Same reason as knowing the year of production on my car.

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Put in my series 70 and got this:
I got similar results. Pretty cool knowing my serial number is the same for a bunch of other Colt models and from different time periods!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:19 PM
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Apparently my Series 80 hasn't been made yet. Nothing comes up!
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:08 PM
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-THANKYOU COLT !!!!


-slowly but surely 'it' will be complete !!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:02 AM
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Again guys, a work in progress. The system should be using the same info as the customer service reps use to look up the serial numbers.
I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
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For me??? Curiosity.



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Old 09-07-2012, 02:15 PM
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Again guys, a work in progress. The system should be using the same info as the customer service reps use to look up the serial numbers.
I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
Brent
For me it is to know (and confirm) the vintage of what I have purchased or am planning to purchase. Second is so I can provide the correct info for my insurance company.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:34 PM
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I do have a question, what is your main reason for looking up the date of manufacture on your gun?
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When I bought a used Toyota Land Cruiser over a decade ago I wanted to know the year of manufacture. call me crazy.

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