Bought used 1911 9mm AUTO ORDNANCE..wondering what year it was made ?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Trucker1911, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Trucker1911

    Trucker1911 New Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Just purchased my first used 1911 9mm pistol at Cabela's. Engraved on the left side of the slide barrel: AUTO-ORDNANCE CORP. then directly underneath 9MM AUTOMATIC and then to the left is a bullet shapped outline with the name Thompson engraved inside.

    On the right side: ESSEX ARMS then directly underneath HARDWICK, VT then directly underneath the engraved number 76521 (s/n per cabela's).

    They could not give me any info on the manufactured, shot xx times, etc.

    If anyone can help..please let me know. From what I have seen in lots of pictures on various appears there have been modifications....grips, trigger, etc. None of the pics match mine.

    I've attached pics of mine. Anyone have any ideal how old my 1911 is, etc ? Any info would be appreciated.

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  2. Arkie

    Arkie Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Sir, it would appear you have what's often referred to as a "Frankenstein" gun, as it has been put together with parts from different manufacturers. Essex and Auto Ord are/were two totally separate, non affiliated manufacturers, so some individual built this gun from parts. this doesn't always signify a bad thing, depending on the parts quality and the individuals skills.

    Unfortunately, Essex and Auto Ord neither one ever had a stellar reputation for quality control of their finished product. Hopefully the assembler did a good enough job that you'll have a good, reliable shooter. Only range time will tell.


  3. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011


    As Arkie says,it is DEFINITELY a "Frankengun",but having said that,give us a range report.9 mm 1911's are fun to shoot and usually very accurate.

    Welcome aboard! :wave:

  4. paid4c4

    paid4c4 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 26, 2011
    Ad Dat said WELCOME to nut house! Your new pistol should should just fine. Some of us build "Frankenpistols" so you're starting out a head. Let us know how it shoots.
  5. wade-19

    wade-19 Global Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 17, 2011
    Shoot and enjoy . My first 1911 was a 9mm Springfield upper on an Essex frame.

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