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Thread: Trying to Help a Friend Identify a Pistol

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    Question Trying to Help a Friend Identify a Pistol

    Right up front, I know very little about the M1911 world right now (but would love to learn). I am trying to help a friend identify one in his collection. Reportedly, it came from an acquaintance's military service (years unknown). Other than the number 12119 on the right hand side of the gun, there are no other markings. It does not look as if any markings have worn off or been removed in any way. Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    That is a real 1911. If 12119 is the original serial number, it was made in 1912, which is what the shape of the hammer and slide cuts suit. The slide stop is correct, I am not sure about the thumb safety.
    It was certainly "scrubbed" with almost all markings removed - best hope that IS the original serial number, and I see a 14 on the trigger guard which is an inspector's or assembler's mark. Some sort of blue was then applied, along with WWII plastic grips..

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    1911, for sure. Maybe it was “sterilized” for use by the CIA or someone who was where they weren’t supposed to be.
    Last edited by scattershot; 13th January 2022 at 16:20.


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    I don't believe we're seeing the original serial number applied by the factory. The uneven lines where the slide flats meet the round top indicate material removed. That thumb safety mid-1918 style.
    Last edited by Doran; 14th January 2022 at 03:22.


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    A big thanks for the responses on this. I have a feeling that based on the scrubbing of the slide, this is a close as my friend will ever get to knowing this weapon's history. Stay safe everyone!

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