How to tell, year made, S/N 36,354

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Ross Rambo, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. Ross Rambo

    Ross Rambo New Member

    Nov 12, 2018
    I have a 1911 A1, 45, Springfield, given to me by my Uncle
    I was told the gun is from the Korean War.
    the Serial Number is only five digets. 36,354 Serial Number

    How can I find the estimated date of manufacture

  2. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    Real USGI No 36354 is a 1911 Colt made in 1913. It could have picked up a Springfield slide in refurbishment for Korea, the Army didn't care about matching parts, just that they had working weapons.

    Springfield Armory Inc., the business using the old name, was not in business during the Korean war, startup in 1974.

    Close clear pictures would be a big help.
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  3. Ross Rambo

    Ross Rambo New Member

    Nov 12, 2018
    Jim, your correct. I did further research, after reading your response.

    I contacted Springfield direct.

    This is a Mil Spec 1911, manufactured in November 2014.

    Springfield is the best at customer service.

    I love my uncle. He is old. I guess he wanted me to have a wonderful "Pass Down" story to tell my kids.

  4. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Unsolved mysteries....SOLVED!
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  5. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    I guess if you don't have a good story you can always make one up.
  6. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    Or, after 65 years, you get a little confused. It happens.
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  7. 1644

    1644 Member

    Oct 27, 2018
    You will find early 1911's (from WW1) were also used in the second WW2. however,
    such pistols were parkerized.......... for duty use.

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