Early Springfield Armory 1911

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by dprobert1, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. dprobert1

    dprobert1 Member

    Oct 30, 2018
    I close friend of my father passed away back in the early 80's and since they did not have children, his widow gave my father her husband's service pistol which I assume he used in WW1. I had the gun appraised in 1994 and the description in the report is as follows:

    "Colt Mfg. Co, Inc. Hartford, Ct. Model 1911 Springfield Armory, SN 118516, .45 caliber, 7 shot, Manufactured 1914 - 1915. Total production 30,000, *NRA Modern Grading, Very Good Condition, Circa 1915."

    I have since had several people look at the gun and I am told the grips are not original and I don't think it has the original magazine but it is nice to have an old 1911 from someone close to my family. Just thought you guys might be interested in seeing the pictures.

    Additional information anyone can provide on this gun would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
  2. Zaugau

    Zaugau Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2017
    Welcome to the club! I just got one earlier this year, lower serial than yours but pretty close. I am not sure if it is 1915 or 1916, depending on the source.
    Have you disassembled it? Look for "S" marks on the parts, especially the barrel.

    It's unfortunate that the "United States Property" mark has been ground off, but I'd feel the most important thing is that it has that close friend of the family connection.

  3. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

    May 15, 2017
    You are correct that the grips are not correct, and probably with the removal of the property mark it was reblued.

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