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luv2shoot 09-19-2019 02:23 PM

Question on barrel marking
Really enjoying my 1911, spending some range time and learning more about it. Unfortunately, I can't find anything on the barrel marking. It looks like I have a matching Colt frame and slide, both from the same time period but the only marking on the barrel is a "5" on the top breech end. Under magnification, there is no other markings. I am using Poyer's book but can find nothing mentioned there. Does anyone one have a suggestion on how I might check it further? By the way, the S/N range is in the 169000 range, if that helps.

Dan13 09-19-2019 02:59 PM

Look VERY closely at the top of the barrel that you can see through the ejection port and see if you can see an H and a P either seperately or joined together. This will narrow down the general age of it.

Dave27 09-19-2019 03:22 PM

Coolgunsite depicts a barrel with numeral 5 forward of the logs as Colt WWI production. No mention of it in the narrative description though. I have one like this and have also wondered about it.

Dave27 09-19-2019 06:46 PM

Mine is definitely a "5". No other markings that I can find.

luv2shoot 09-19-2019 07:04 PM

Dave 27 and I seem to have the same other markings anywhere. If this is a WW I production, then it's seen very little action. The proof marks are visible but unreadable and the Colt pony aft of the slide serrations is also barely discernible. It has a rebuild stamp of SA. It shoots just fine and I couldn't be happier. Well, if it were a Singer....

abtex1 09-19-2019 10:39 PM

Post pictures of it. Top, bottom, sides. A WWI Colt barrel can be distinguished from a WWII barrel by the side the profile of the lug and the taper from the chamber to the barrel tube itself. And, for very early barrels the plunge cut in the lug for the link. The barrels in question likely had some other marks on them that were obliterated or are otherwise unnoticed.

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