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Old 06-30-2020, 07:21 AM
WilGil WilGil is offline
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It's time to solve the mystery!

Hello gang, long time lurker, first time poster. I've done by best to solve the serial number mystery of a particular 1911 I have and I've given up. I decided it's time to consult the experts here so I can accurately I.D. this weapon. Don't mind the grips... I had to put some USMC favortism on there .

Anyway here it is in all it's glory.

The inspection mark is the eagle head with S11, which at first I thought was a colt Pistol, inspected by "Springfield armory" or "armory at Springfield" *(I've seen it mentioned both ways on this site)*.

My understanding is this is a pre-A1 based on the features of the frame and trigger, but what is really baffling me is the serial number format. Colt's usually have a "No." before their S/N but this S/N certainly isn't that... what exactly is it you guys think?

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Old 06-30-2020, 10:18 AM
mlin mlin is online now
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The serial number was altered.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:28 AM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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Yep, you can easily see the marks from the grinding to remove the serial number. The number used to replace it has no connection to any U.S. pistol.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:54 AM
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Welcome to the forums from Virginia.
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:16 AM
Sergio Natali Sergio Natali is offline
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Welcome to this 1911 forum from Italy.

Nice pistol, but to me it looks a bit like a put together piece, with a strange serial number.
If I were you I would keep it as it is.
Anything with a FLGR is fluff, if JMB didn't put it on the 1911 you don't need it.
If you're going to collect, be careful not to get drawn to a piece that is not original, make sure it is a very good example and buy the gun not the story.
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