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Thread: Colt 1911 Serial # 3708xx US ARMY

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    Colt 1911 Serial # 3708xx US ARMY

    So far I have been able to determine that this 1911:
    -Was built by Colt in Hartford in 1918 .. year of the big production run.
    -Is a Military Issue Gun:
    -UNITED STATES PROPERTY on the left side of the frame with MODEL OF 1911.U.S. ARMY on the right side of the slide.
    -This gun was REFURBISHED by the Augusta Arsenal (AA proof stamp on the left side of the frame)
    -Inspectors stamp above the mag release button "S 11"

    As part of the refurbish the barrel was replaced with the 7791193 part marked barrel and it is marked "45 AUTO 7791193" on top
    and the barrel lug is stamped M P 73677 (magnafluxed and proof stamped).

    So this APPEARS to be a 1911 that was built FOR the US Army, issued, refurbished by the Army at the Augusta Arsenal .. including the
    installation of a new barrel and bushing, and reissued.

    I am researching this gun for a friend .. and I have NO idea of what the value of this gun might be .. but the frame and slide are in very
    good condition and the refurbish apparently was the barrel / bushing replacement.

    Military 2018 Colt Right View.jpg

    Hope the photos load! Any insight or comments greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Military Colt 1911 Left Side View.jpg

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    Also 1911A1 hammer, grip safety, mainspring housing.
    Plastic grips along with refinish.

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    Thanks Jim .. being that this was a US Army refurbishing done at the Augusta Arsenal .. what does that do to the value of the gun?

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    The grip safety appears to be stuck in the disengaged (UNsafe) position. Value aside, that needs to be looked at.
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    On a good day, can hit the broad side of a barn ... from the inside
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    True.

    CMP is selling AA and ANAD reworks for $1000 or so.

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    Your barrel made by:

    DUROYD MFG CO INC
    CAGE 73677
    DUNS
    Status Obsolete
    Type U.S./Canada Manufacturer
    Established 11/04/1974
    CAGE Update Date 11/04/1974

    which indicates the barrel a later replacement since the Arsenal closed in 1955.

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    Doran .. Jim .. Hawkmoon ..thanks very much for the comments. Greatly appreciated. So it might be a good shooter .. if the grip safety can be repaired. Not a major investment grade gun. An interesting one as it is a genuine WW1 maybe a $1000-1200 gun.

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    No, it is NOT a good shooter. The WW1 slides were not heat treated and are prone to cracking. Those old pistols should NOT be regarded as shooters unless you don't care that it may likely end up as a box o' parts. I suggest reading this article from our e-zine:

    https://ezine.m1911.org//showthread....vernment-Model
    Hawkmoon
    On a good day, can hit the broad side of a barn ... from the inside
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    Thanks again for more insight. My buddy got this gun a couple of weeks ago from a young man he sold an old jeep to .. some cash and the gun. The young man acquired the gun from an uncle who had been in the military as a lifer .. and it was his gun for something like 20 years of service. It was during his service tenure that the barrel was replaced. He was issued a Beretta as a service weapon and was able to keep his old M1911. So that is some additional history. Just need to get the grip safety "un stuck" .. and then sell it for what it is .. a genuine WW1 Army Issued M1911 .. that was used IN the military right up through the late 1980's. Then passed on to a family member. During that period it was refurbished at AA and had additional work done while still in service use.

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    Hawkmoon .. got to love the internet. I was able to remove the THUMB SAFETY .. and discovered that the thumb safety had been incorrectly installed previously ... it did NOT go through the grip safety notch and had it LOCKED in the unsafe position. Simply aligning the hole in the grip safety with the thumb safety and re-installing the thumb safety resolved the issue. Thanks again.

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