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Old 08-07-2019, 06:36 AM
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From what I can tell, I have a mixture of parts from various periods, from the stamped trigger to the A1 slide stop to the 1922-44 Colt slide stop to the type 3 1911 hammer. Is it usual to have this mix of parts without any arsenal rebuild markings?

Thanks very much, btw, for the coolgunsite link!
After re-examining your pics, it appears that your pistol is a late WWII (or post-WWII) arsenal/depot-level assembly consisting of a surplus or refurbished WWI receiver, WWII slide, & a mix of WWII parts.

Without any identifying markings, it's impossible to determine where the pistol was assembled.


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Old 08-07-2019, 07:41 AM
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Thanks - I think this is probably right. Very happy to have a 101 year old serial number. A bit like getting a Garand with a low number and a mix of later parts.

I'm taking it to the range tomorrow to see how she does, now that I have it lubed and checked out.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:58 AM
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I just noticed these small letters stamped inside the receiver - K, H and G - again, I'd be grateful for any information...

https://s1219.photobucket.com/user/s...ray&sort=1&o=0
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:36 PM
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I have a 1913 Colt frame, a mid-1918 to 1919 safety and barrel, and a 1943 to 1945 slide, grips, mainspring housing, hammer, trigger, grip safety, and slide stop - and parkerized. I too have no arsenal rebuild markings but I can deduce that it was probably rebuilt mid-1918 to 1919 and again around 1943 or so by the parts and parkerization. My disconnect has an H and R stamped on it, I have been told it is just an assembly inspection. I believe mine could have sit in storage since the last rebuild as the parkerized parts internally and externally were not marred. However, the pitting on the frame underneath the parkerization shows it saw a lot of action early on in it's life!

Sorry I cannot be more help, but these old weapons have been quite a few places and sometimes we have to guess at where these places were based on the clues. I too shot mine after preparing it properly, and it was awesome to hear it sing again after it's long sleep!

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Old 09-12-2019, 01:02 PM
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Inspection/assembly marks - that seems a likely explanation. There's a tiny 'P' on the top of the slide as well. Yes - if only they could talk. I'm just so pleased and grateful to be able to own this Colt.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:05 PM
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I just noticed these small letters stamped inside the receiver - K, H and G - again, I'd be grateful for any information...

https://s1219.photobucket.com/user/s...ray&sort=1&o=0
The "H" is for FRANK HOSMER!!!

See CLAWSON (3rd Edition): https://www.dropbox.com/s/lvptzwetkv...20068.jpg?dl=0

The "K" & the "G" are in process inspector or assembler stampings!!!

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Old 09-12-2019, 10:47 PM
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Frank Hosmer - first ordinance inspector of 1911 pistols! Thanks very much for this bit of 1911 history.

I do have to get a copy of that Clawson book...
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