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Old 11-25-2018, 06:13 PM
ajz1966 ajz1966 is offline
 
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Default Colt Government Model 1911

Hello knowledgeable members of the CMP forum. I work at a gun store and an older fella brought in a 1911. I could barely make out it was a Colt Government Model. I could not help him with his quest for knowledge on the gun but I said I'd keep looking. Could any member tell me what "WI" at the beginning of the serial number means? It looks to be stamped at a different time than the number portion. Also, the last number of the serial number looks more crisp and it is a 7. The serial number is in the 6000 range unless the 7 was added at a later date then it would be a 600 range. If anyone can help with the serial number, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:19 PM
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I suggest going here, signing up and asking your questions. I'm positive they'll want pictures if possible as there are too many possibilities that your description alone will not allow for an accurate assessment.

https://www.1911addicts.com/forums/c...ors-corner.37/

There is also a Colt forum that you can easily find by searching for it.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:58 PM
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Colt had a contract to prove the British military with Government Models in .455 Webley before and during WW1. These pistols had a serial number with a W prefix. but the serial range was higher than 6000. A photo would help a lot.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:17 PM
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World War I .455 caliber Colt 1911's were serialized from W10001 through W21000. Your "WI" is probably "W1". If it has not been rechambered for .45 ACP, it would bring a premium price. If it has been, the marking "Calibre 455" would have had the last 5 crossed out. They were manufactured from 1915-1916. It should also have the British Ordnance broad arrow proof mark.

I'm referencing my copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:21 PM
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As it's not my gun, I have no photo. I just promised I'd look into the serial number for him and he took it home.

All markings are worn to nearly unreadable. It looks to be reparkerized very well and it has a .45 ACP barrel that looks to be non original and a 45 ACP mag in it.

My belief in the serial number being WI threw me off in my research.

I'm going to guess what I thought was an I is a 1 and it is a 106,000 range RAF contract converted from .455 Webley to .45 ACP. It has some well fitted plastic grips and I've found that Colt performed some of these conversions and used plastic according to my reference.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:45 PM
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The original pistols were blued. Too bad it has been modified and parkerized.
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