Lettered 1918 Colt

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by FrankG, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Arrived in today's mail, Colt letter that was ordered about 3 months ago on my 1911.
    Indicates one of 2500 shipped to Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, NY . This coincides with the information listed in Scott Meadows' book on US Military Automatic Pistols. Page 520 indicates serial #s 375970-394636 were shipped to Brooklyn (A.E.F.) as part of a 2500 gun shipment. Did it see any action? Who knows.....
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  2. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Very cool! :grin::grin::grin:

    If it went to the American Expeditionary Forces then it was there in the great war. A friend of mine has a pistol that belonged to an officer in an artillery battery which is documented by personal pictures and testimony. #144524 produced 1912.

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  3. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    Personally, I would not spend the $100 on a letter for a rebuild. You know where the frame went from the information in Meadow's book, but the other parts were randomly selected during rebuild.
     
  4. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Lakeman45...the pistol did visit the AA armory but from all that I've seen only rebuilt part on it is the hammer (Springfield). I had someone detail strip it, all parts are reported original. Unless you're seeing something from the photo that I hadn't.
     
  5. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    There was really nothing to be learned for the $100 as all the information on the pistol was in the Clawson and Meadows books. After about serial number 289000 you do have to get a letter if you want to know the actual ship date.
     
  6. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Actually the letter did narrow down the ship date. If I’m reading Meadows’ book correctly, there were 3 different shipment ranges that mine could have been included with:
    388005-411428-Bush Terminal, 8/12/18
    389238-400304-Camp Perry 8/3/18
    375970-394636-Bush Terminal 7/30/18 which apparently contained my pistola.
     
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  7. M1911info

    M1911info Well-Known Member

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    Jul 2, 2012
    Colt M1911 No. 144524 was NOT produced in 1912. That is a 1917 pistol that was originally shipped to the Philippines.
     
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  8. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    My bad! I slipped a digit! :rolleyes: Well you know what they say about information gleaned from the web!
     
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  9. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Do you have a link that says it shipped to the Philippines? When I did my look up, I left out a digit, which is not usual for me.
     
  10. M1911info

    M1911info Well-Known Member

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    Jul 2, 2012
    No link, but here is the info from the Colt shipping records:
    144051-145050 (1000 pistols) shipped 18 April 1917 to Ordnance Officer, Manila Ordnance Depot, Manila, Philippine Islands.
     
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