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Here for your perusal is Colt .45 ACP 1914 Government Model Pistol serial number C9591 which was 1 of 20 shipped to Remington Arms-UMC Company Bridgeport CT on October 5 1914. It saw service with Canada in WWI and Britain in WWII. The Canadian C broad arrow property mark is stamped on the magazine floor plate and British Birmingham commercial proofing on the slide and barrel. Remington Arms-UMC acted as purchasing agents for Britain and Canada during WWI.










 

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I should get into the U.S. in a few weeks. It’s for sale if anyone wants it. As is no restoration or any changes made.
 

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I received the following reply from the Imperial War Museum in London:
"During the autumn of 1914, the Canadian Government purchased 5,000 Colt M1911 pistols to equip its military forces. These were issued to officers, NCOs and cavalry troopers, but could also be purchased by officers wishing to acquire their sidearm permanently. Unfortunately, apart from a few pistols that received unit marks on the grip-strap, or were inscribed with the name of the officer who purchased them, there is no way of ascertaining which unit or formation they were issued to.
I can’t see very clearly from your photos, but it appears that the proof mark on it post-dates the First World War. This would imply that the pistol was put through proof at Birmingham at some point after its First World War military career – and prior to it re-crossing the Atlantic." I sent out a few other inquires and will post results as received.
 

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Definitely proofed post WWI, and after 1954. From the proofs it appears to be 1960. Probably purchased in Canada with a lot of other surplus small arms after WWII and brought to England to be sold commercially.
 

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Neat stuff these old beauties'
 
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