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Old 10-21-2021, 02:59 PM
Beltfed Beltfed is offline
 
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Default 1945 Colt question?

I received my CMP Colt pistol. The S/N says its the last production run from Colt in 1945. First thing…it's filthy. But the finish looks original, both frame and slide. I co-owned a military refinishing company so I should know. I believe the CMP took a look at it and just shipped it as service grade. Believe me, I love it.
Question: I was told the slide S/N was hidden under the firing pin catch. All I find is somewhat rough machine marks. Did Colt not mark the last series of .45’s slides with a S/N? Thanks
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Old 10-21-2021, 03:02 PM
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There was only a certain date range that colt did that, and from reading what others posted here, pistols left the factory without matching slide and frame numbers.
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Old 10-21-2021, 03:06 PM
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Beginning at serial number 710001, the serial number was stamped on Colt slides under the firing pin stop. This was discontinued in 1943 between serial numbers 1140000 and 1145000.

CLAWSON (3rd Edition) Page 102.

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Old 10-21-2021, 03:24 PM
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My S/N is 2347625. What say you?
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Old 10-21-2021, 04:39 PM
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It doesn't have one on the slide under the firing pin stop.
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:00 PM
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My S/N is 2347625. What say you?
That one never had a SN on the slide, but it's sometimes possible to know if the slide is from the right era based on the prancing horse logo.
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