View Full Version : Colt commercial 1947 ?
24th August 2008, 21:40
Please give your opinion on this weird government model. Ser; number C 2311xx. The slide of the pistol has the rampant Colt symbol marked on both sides of the slide. The right side has the normal wartime marking with patent dates near the front and the Colts address to the rear of the rampant Colt symbol. The right side is marked “COLT AUTOMATIC CALIBRE .45”. With the rampant Colt symbol in the front. It has a P proof on top of the slide. The slide is hardened on the front. The slide is a mirror finish sides with the top of the slide being finished in a dull matte. The small parts are military, Coltwood plastic stocks with large reinforcing rings with ribs, slide stop grooved, military sights, Colt narrow spur hammer, 7 rib mainspring housing without lanyard loop and checkered thumb safety. The trigger is commercial. I cannot find any marks on the barrel but it looks just like a ww2 barrel except the top of the chamber area is polished, the rest is blue. On top of the receiver frame it has a 6 and a R.
I think this slide is a leftover WW2. But is serial number a little too high for the slide markings? How would one know for sure if the slide and frame are correct to each other? Could this be correct? Or maybe the frame was sent in for replacement or repair.
25th August 2008, 07:30
Colt used up a lot of war production parts by putting them into their commercial pistols in the first years after the war.
There are several variations of slide, barrel, and other part markings on the pistols made until some say early 1948, some say even longer.
It's not uncommon to find them this way but there's no way to know the truth about your because::fp:
25th August 2008, 18:17
Ok here are some pictures of the Colt from yesterday.
Thanks for your comments
26th August 2008, 09:32
Yep, looks about right:http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p263/twagger/firearms/birthdaygun2jpg.jpg
26th August 2008, 09:41
Your pistol is about 5000 earlier than mine, and Colt was definitely using their leftover wartime pieces for the assembly of mine.
My slide is not like yours, you see, but the grips, thumb safety, slide release, and possibly internal parts are the same. I don't see a "P" mark in your ejection port, but I've owned another pistol that did have that mark on the barel that was serialized only some 1000 before yours.
The point is that I don't think that you need to be concerned that there might have been post manufacture changes made to your pistol. In all liklihood, from my scetchy knowledge, it is as it was when first sold in 1947. You can call it "transitional" if you want.
27th August 2008, 16:38
How is your barrel marked if at all? Is your barrel blued?My pistol does have the P mark on top of the slide.
Do you shoot your pistol or is it considered a collectable?
There is just something about the Colt I really like. I have other shooters but they just don't have the same feel as the colt. Springfield mil spec and an old Norinco are the ones I usually shoot. Both are very dependable and function perfectly but they are just not a Colt.
This is probably a dumb way to look at something as simple, as which 1911 pistol to use as a shooter.
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