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Thread: seeking information on WW1 British and Canadian contract .455 self loading

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    seeking information on WW1 British and Canadian contract .455 self loading

    hi guys , I am seeking information on WW1 British and Canadian contract .455 self loading, please educate me .
    looking to buy one, most likely cannot afford one , but one never knows ,
    I never thought I would find a S&W aircrewman either.

    picture would great ,
    also anyone reload this caliber ?
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    Charles Clawson's Commercial Series book has that information.

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    hi does anyone on the forum own a .455 colt auto ???

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    Those are pretty scarce.
    Gunsmith Greg Derr is "modernizing" a beat up one for his project of matching 1911s in all calibers ever available.
    I don't know if he has any history on them.

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    According to THE MODEL 1911 AND MODEL 1911A1 MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL PISTOLS by Joe Poyer

    "Pistols above W100,000 but without RAF markings were probably issued to other British military units. Some will also be seen with Canadian military markings, a "C" in a circle and a Broad Arrow."

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    Quote Originally Posted by camel View Post
    hi does anyone on the forum own a .455 colt auto ???
    Here for your viewing pleasure are photos of my WWI RAF British military proofed Colt 1911. It was one of 400 pistols shipped to Captain Sir Connop Guthrie, Pier 60, North River NY NY on March 12, 1918. Guthrie was the Special Representative for the British Ministry of Shipping in the U.S. and a member of the U.S. Shipping Commission in 1918. It has the view mark for G.W.R. Steadman, British Inspector at the Colt New Haven Factory and the British Broad Arrow and Crossed Pennant military acceptance marks. Serial number is W 100744.
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    A few more photos to show barrel proofing and other markings.
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