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Old 02-06-2020, 10:04 AM
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1943 Colt No 1140101

Shipped in November 1943, several hundred numbers after Colt discontinued marking slides to match the frame serial numbers. To the best of my knowledge, the pistol is original and correct. The photographs highlight the finish, the discriminating marks and features.
I bought the pistol from a Texan who claimed he had no interest in firearms and had inherited the pistol from his grandfather; a WWII veteran. If true, what a shame.
The Colt markings, stamps are parkerized which was the norm for Colt. The Ordnance acceptance stamp and Colt verified proof mark were applied after parkerizing and show some bare metal or burnishing.
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Old 02-06-2020, 10:24 AM
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Beautiful.
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Old 02-06-2020, 03:01 PM
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A gorgeous gun. But your story doesn't hold up...."a Texan who isn't interested in firearms.....????" ;-)
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Old 02-06-2020, 04:00 PM
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I just picked up 11428XX yesterday. It has some high edge wear, not as nice as yours. Came from the same place as my last 3 . I think Colt was shipping out of order by then, but maybe our guns were in the same shipment. I will get some pictures of mine posted soon.
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Old 02-06-2020, 08:22 PM
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I have 11427xx. Not mint but still very high condition. I don't believe anyone has found a numbered slide past the 1138xxx range so it appears Colt stopped a bit sooner than most people think.

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Old 02-06-2020, 08:25 PM
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wow! very nice!
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Old 02-06-2020, 08:29 PM
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Old 02-06-2020, 10:57 PM
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Wowzer. Of the many mix-masters at my old unit, the ones with Colt slides seem to have the ones that were numbered. Don't know why that was...
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:18 AM
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Wow nice Colts filsonís and dsk. Even dskís looks perfect. Filsonís looks close to 100 percent new like out of factory. Finish is super clean and mint condition. Notice it is smaller font of GHD inspector mark before Colt changed to larger font. It is close to serial number range of the change imo. It is unbelievable!
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:59 PM
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Wowzer. Of the many mix-masters at my old unit, the ones with Colt slides seem to have the ones that were numbered. Don't know why that was...
Only Colt numbered their slides, and only until late 1943. The various contractors didn't do it. It was not a requirement of the government contract, and in fact a lot of Colt pistols ended up shipping with mis-matched slides anyway after they'd been subjected to random parts interchangeability tests.

Colt had their own way of doing things when building these guns, and they stubbornly clung to it even when it was shown that some of their methods were unnecessary and added time and cost to producing them. The pistols continued to be fitted and finished like commercial weapons, with beveled edges and all the exterior machining marks polished out before sandblasting and Parkerizing. Colts do indeed look a lot better than the contractors' guns on average, but the unnecessary added work done to them meant that Colt literally lost money on every one they sold to the government.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:06 AM
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That is one crisp, clean and mint 1943 Colt, filson. You scored a home run with that find and purchase. (And, I agree it was pathetic of the grandson to sell it outside of his family.)
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:48 AM
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At least he chose to sell it to a gun fancier who would appreciate it. I still remember the video where some douchebag gave his father's GI 1911 to a local anti-gun "artist" to melt down and use as part of a sculpture dedicated to "victims of gun violence". I guess we're now supposed to remember all those Nazis and Japs killed by evil guns as well.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:54 AM
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Another beauty, congrats!
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:08 PM
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I have an old US Army marked 1911 that doesn't have any SN on the slide. It's older than the OPs gun (doesn't look nearly as nice either). Maybe someone forgot to mark it or swapped out the slide. SN 343xxx, 6 digits.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:02 PM
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I have an old US Army marked 1911 that doesn't have any SN on the slide. It's older than the OPs gun (doesn't look nearly as nice either). Maybe someone forgot to mark it or swapped out the slide. SN 343xxx, 6 digits.
Colt didn't star numbering the slides till the new contract for the A1 version, 700,000.

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Old 02-08-2020, 09:05 PM
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Filson thanks for sharing, I have an original finish 43 also, it has some light patina on the top of the slide though.

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Old 02-08-2020, 09:43 PM
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Colt began numbering slides in 1920 on commercial weapons IIRC. When the 1924 military contract was filled some of those pistols received numbered slides as well. However routine numbering of military slides didn't begin until the 1937 contract at SN #710001. As I mentioned earlier the practice ended in late 1943 somewhere past #1138000.
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:00 PM
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That's an interesting fact about numbered slides and matching frames on commercial pistols. I own an April, 1924 Government Model, one of the first 175 or so "new style" pistols, serial number C 138788. All the attributes of the 1911A1 and it has a numbered slide to the frame.
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:10 AM
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I have C 137173 it has a matching numbered slide. Does not have A-1 features.
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:02 PM
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According to Clawson, yours is a 1924 pistol. The last C prefix 1924 1911 was C138532, the first with A1 features was C138533
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Old 02-09-2020, 12:10 PM
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Very nice, glad it has a proper home now.
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:23 PM
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According to Clawson, yours is a 1924 pistol. The last C prefix 1924 1911 was C138532, the first with A1 features was C138533
Yes, you are correct. I meant to put 1924 in my post. I also have the Clawson Government book, but haven't looked at it in awhile.
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