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Old 03-29-2013, 10:13 AM
Renegade1 Renegade1 is offline
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I am considering buying a Colt Ace .22 from a LGS. It's a pretty nice piece that is suppose to be "vintage" as the sales guy put it. Problem is, when I looked at the serial number I expected to see maybe a four digit number but this one has a five digit starting with 77XXX I am by no means a gun expert but I know that Colt only made the ACE from the late 1930's to the early 1940's so the serial number jumped out at me as maybe too high of a production number.
I checked the usual websites like Proof House and others with no luck. I even called COLT and they told me that the last ACE on record has a number in the 10XXX.
I also asked COLT if this could be one of the later models from the 70's or 80's but they told me that those have a two letter prefix before the number.
Does anyone out there have any clue as to what I am really looking at? I really want to buy it but I need to know what it really is that I am paying for.

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Old 03-29-2013, 02:03 PM
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The ace started in 1931 that serial number could be a post war 38 super frame no way to tell with out a pic sounds like a put together piece
Slide the firing pin stop down with your thumb, if it's a prewar ace slide there will be a serial number there then you can date the slide. From what you describe with no photos not a good investment

This Ace is 1936 66xx prewar charcoal blue finish




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Old 03-29-2013, 03:05 PM
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Is it even a Colt frame?
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:49 PM
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My 1983 Ace has a 7 character serial #, SM399_ _. This series did not go up to 77000. I think it stopped around 43000
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:54 PM
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I had a 1978(?) ACE that I lost in a divorce. Those had a serial number prefixed with "SM" as I recall.

It sounds like a 22 conversion on a odd ball frame. Which LGS? I am in So Cal.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:18 PM
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The ace started in 1931 that serial number could be a post war 38 super frame no way to tell with out a pic sounds like a put together piece
Slide the firing pin stop down with your thumb, if it's a prewar ace slide there will be a serial number there then you can date the slide. From what you describe with no photos not a good investment

This Ace is 1936 66xx prewar charcoal blue finish



That is the best looking ACE i've ever seen, really nice! You mentioned the prewar charcoal blue finish, what other finish did they come with?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:58 AM
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Nickel Finish
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:07 PM
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Sorry, False Alarm. I went back to the store to look at the serial number again and it turns out it's not 77XXX it's actually 10XXX from 1941. What happened was that I had one of the employees there (new guy I only saw once) read me the number while I wrote it down on my phone. I don't know what he was looking at but it sure was not a Colt ACE. Anyway I ended up buying it and I will be picking it up next week after it's 10 day jail sentence.

Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:58 PM
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...This Ace is 1936 66xx prewar charcoal blue finish...
Let me just wipe up the drool from my keyboard…

Wow! That is a good looking Ace. Great collectors piece.

To the OP, post pics once you break yours out of jail.


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Old 04-07-2013, 01:11 PM
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Nice picture of an Ace. They had steel frames. Remember Colt made a conversion kit to put a .45ACP top end on an Ace. Those are worth money by the way.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:07 PM
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Thanks guys, That ace is the newest complete untouched prewar auto I have in my collection

dakota1911, the commercial ace was not designed for a 45 cal conversion unit.
There is no ejector installed on any ace pistol frame just has the 2 holes drilled like this 1931 ace frame



I have a 1940 45-22 conversion unit, your are correct very valuable


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Old 04-07-2013, 03:15 PM
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Yup forgot about that. Sorry. I sold all my pre 70s stuff years ago unless it was family related. Besides Colt I used to collet Lugers and a few other things.
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