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Old 10-15-2019, 06:50 PM
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Hi, my friend just received this 1911, Colt slide, Remington frame. The frame was made in 1943 but the Colt slide looks like a commercial replacement. If you look on the frame it has a post war "BH" mark that looks like an Austrian Army mark. Any opinions would be appreciated, Mike

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Old 10-15-2019, 06:52 PM
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That’s really neat.
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:19 PM
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My friend just received this 1911, Colt slide, Remington frame. The frame was made in 1943 but the Colt slide looks like a commercial replacement. If you look on the frame it has a post war "BH" mark that looks like an Austrian Army mark.
Did he get it from CMP???

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Old 10-15-2019, 09:03 PM
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BH was a proof for the Bundes Heer or Austrian Army. According to the site Bavarian M1 Carbines, the military did not provide the Austrians with handguns as part of military assistance. However, when the US left Austria in the 50’s they left behind large amounts of equipment for the Austrians:

“Personal accounts of those present at the time the Allied Forces left indicate the American troops literally walked away from a large amount of military equipment, leaving it for the Austrian Bundesheer. Tanks included the equipment for a complete tank crew, including Colt 1911A1 .45's and assorted small arms, such as M3 submachine guns. Jeeps and trucks sometimes included small arms within them. Many Austrians were surprised at the amount of military hardware left by the Americans. [four separate e-mail interviews conducted January 2006 through July 2007 of retired Bundesheer personnel)
Professor WolfDieter Hufnagl is the son of an Austrian Police General and served in the Austrian army as a lieutenant. He has worked closely with special units of the Austrian police, Gendarmerie, and Bundesheer, amongst other Austrian and international law enforcement agencies. He has authored a number of books on these special units and in 2007 was continuing his work as a journalist in Austria and Europe. Hufnagl authored U.S. Karabiner .30 M1 - Waffe und Zubehor, published August 1994 by Motorbuch Verlag of Stuttgart (190 pp, illustrated, ISBN 3-613-01635-4). Hufnagl was interviewed by e-mail by this author, throughout 2006 and 2007.

According to research by Hufnagl, when the Americans departed Austria, they left behind the material of three infantry divisions, including:

24,500 carbines .30 caliber Carbine Ml
1,885 carbines .30 caliber Carbine M1A1
500 carbines .30 caliber Carbine M2
25,000 Garand rifles Ml
623 submachine guns M3 (Grease Gun)
1,837 pistols 1911A1
2,838 German MP40”


Just conjecture but I’m guessing the Austrians made a contract with Colt in the 60’s for replacement parts which would explain the commercial slide.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:39 PM
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Did he get it from CMP???

Hi, Yes Today, Mike
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:59 PM
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I think there was one on the auction page a couple weeks ago.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:29 PM
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:19 AM
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With so few property marked Bundesheer, Would this affect collectability to a plus or minus?
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:20 PM
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With so few property marked Bundesheer, Would this affect collectability to a plus or minus?
I would be interested in knowing this, too.
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:06 AM
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With so few property marked Bundesheer, Would this affect collectability to a plus or minus?
To a German/Austrian collector it would mean more.....
To a "1911 guy" I'm not sure it would.
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