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Old 02-14-2020, 03:15 PM
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1943 Ithaca restored.

Dear ones, I know that normally historical weapons should not be changed, but in this case in the 70s everything that should not have been done had already been done.
Here is a 1943 Ithaca s / n 1212904 from excavation, nickel plated in the 80s and converted into 7.65 Parbellum.

Is it possible to trace the initial user in the US military?

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Old 02-14-2020, 09:57 PM
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Unfortunately the original shipping destination from the factory is about the only info you're likely to find as the trail nearly always goes cold after that. Sadly that Ithaca is completely removed from being a collectible firearm, for like you said it's little more than an exhibit of the various things a person can do to ruin its originality.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:29 AM
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Your pistol, serial number 1212904 was shipped, non sequentially, sometime between November 5, 1943 and April 18, 1944. There are more detailed shipping records that some members of this forum have accessed. Perhaps one of them will chime in.
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Well, it looks a heluva lot better now!
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