Well guys, I just received a letter from Colt Archives in regard to the pistol below. The pistol is serial number 8871XX. It was sold to the U.S. Government and shipped to the Transportation Officer, Springfield Armory, Springfield, MA, For: Commanding Officer on February 18, 1943. It is part of Colt Factory Order #1916 and was one of 2000 guns in the shipment. It was made with a "Blue" finish. Type of Stocks is "Not Listed". I found it delightful to find out that this was a "Blued" gun to begin with, instead of being parkerized and blued later on. It now looks like I will be contacting Springfield Armory to see if they can research this pistol even further. My goal is to attain documentation proving that this Colt is in fact an authentic Military Match Pistol and not civilian reproduction as some think it may be. Wish me luck.