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  • #49360
     Sgt. Mike 
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    Found this on the net and figured this guide would be helpful to some

    (also Colt website could be consulted although some time the C prefix or suffix causes issues   https://www.colt.com/Customer-Services/Serial-Number-Lookup)

    Model 1911
    Serial Numbers – Date – Number Made

    S/N C1 to C1899 – 1912 – 1899
    S/N C1900 to C5399 – 1913 – 3500
    S/N C5400 to C16599 – 1914 – 11,200
    S/N C16600 to C27599 – 1915 – 11,000
    S/N C27600 to C74999 – 1916 – 47,400
    S/N C75000 to C98999 – 1917 – 24,000
    S/N C99000 to C105999 – 1918 – 7000
    S/N C106000 to C120999 – 1919 – 15,000
    S/N C121000 to C126999 – 1920 – 6000
    S/N C127000 to C128999 – 1921 – 2000
    S/N C129000 to C129999 – 1922 – 1000
    S/N C130000 to C133999 – 1923 – 4000

    Model 1911A1
    Serial Numbers – Date – Number Made

    S/N C135000 to C139999 – 1924 – 5000
    S/N C140000 to 144999 – 1925 – 5000
    S/N C145000 to C150999 – 1926 – 6000
    S/N C151000 to C151999 – 1927 – 1000
    S/N C152000 to C154999 – 1928 – 3000
    S/N C155000 to C155999 – 1929 – 1000
    S/N C156000 to C158999 – 1930 – 3000
    S/N C159000 to C160999 – 1931 – 2000
    S/N C161000 to C164799 – 1932 – 3800
    S/N C164800 to C174599 – 1933 – 9800
    S/N C174600 to C177999 – 1934 – 3400
    S/N C178000 to C179799 – 1935 – 1800
    S/N C179800 to C183199 – 1936 – 3400
    S/N C183200 to C188699 – 1937 – 5500
    S/N C188700 to C189599 – 1938 – 900
    S/N C189600 to C198899 – 1939 – 9300
    S/N C198900 to C199299 – 1940 – 400
    S/N C199300 to C208799 – 1941 – 9500
    S/N C208800 to C215018 – 1942 – 6219

    S/N C221001 to C222000 – 1946 – 1000
    S/N C222001 to C231999 – 1947 – 9999
    S/N C232000 to C238500 – 1948 – 6501
    S/N C238501 to C240000 – 1949 – 1500
    S/N C240001 to 247700C – 1950 – 7700
    S/N 247701C to 253179C – 1951 – 5479
    S/N 253180C to 259549C – 1952 – 6370
    S/N 259550C to 266349C – 1953 – 6800
    S/N 266350C to 270549C – 1954 – 4200
    S/N 270550C to 272549C – 1955 – 2000
    S/N 272550C to 276699C – 1956 – 4150
    S/N 276700C to 281999C – 1957 – 5300
    S/N 282000C to 283799C – 1958 – 1800
    S/N 283800C to 285799C – 1959 – 2000
    S/N 285800C to 287999C – 1960 – 2200
    S/N 288000C to 289849C – 1961 – 1850
    S/N 289850C to 291299C – 1962 – 1450
    S/N 291300C to 293799C – 1963 – 2500
    S/N 293800C to 295999C – 1964 – 2200
    S/N 296000C to 300299C – 1965 – 4300
    S/N 300300C to 308499C – 1966 – 8200
    S/N 308500C to 315599C – 1967 – 7100
    S/N 315600C to 324499C – 1968 – 8900
    S/N 324500C to 332649C – 1969 – 8150
    S/N 332650C to 336169C – 1970 -3520

    During 1970 the change to the new series “70” begins and serial numbers changed also.
    S/N 70G01001 to 70G05550 – 1970 – 4550
    S/N 70G05551 to 70G18000 – 1971 – 12,450
    S/N 70G18001 to 70G34400 – 1972 – 16,400
    S/N 70G34401 to 70G43000 – 1973 – 8600
    S/N 70G43001 to 70G73000 – 1974 – 30,000
    S/N 70G73001 to 70G88900 – 1975 – 15,900
    S/N 70G88901 to 70G99999 – 1976 – 11,099
    During 1976 a range change of serial number begins.
    S/N 01001G70 to 13900G70 – 1976 – 12,900
    S/N 13901G70 to 45199G70 – 1977 – 31,299
    S/N 45200G70 to 89185G70 – 1978 – 43,986
    S/N 89186G70 to 99999G70 – 1979 – 10,813
    During 1979 a range change of serial numbers begins on March 20, 1979.
    S/N 01000B70 to 30008B70 – 1979 – 29,008
    S/N 30009B70 to 72989B70 – 1980 – 42,981
    S/N 72990B70 to 99999B70 – 1981 – 27,009
    During 1981 a range change of serial numbers begins on Oct. 17, 1981.
    S/N 70B00001 to 70B11246 – 1981 – 11,246

    Contract models

    Canadian Contract Colt M1911:

    S/N C5400 to C16599 = Sept. to Nov., 1914 ( Only 5000 pistols in this serial number range were shipped to Canada.) Caliber .45 ACP

    Canadian Contract Colt M1911A1: S/N 930,000 to 936,000 = 1943 ( 1,515 military model pistols were shipped to Canada through the Lend-Leased Act from this serial number range.) Caliber .45 ACP

    British Contract Colt M1911: S/N W29117 to W97000 and S/N C29 to C74,200 = May 1912 to April 1919 (Approx. 17,500 pistols were shipped to England. Serial numbers that begin with a “C” were .45 ACP and serial numbers that begin with a “W” were .455 Webley calibers.

    British RAF Contract Colt M1911 British RAF Contract: S/N W91,100 to W110,696 = Jan. 22, 1918 to April 28, 1919 (Approx. 10,000 pistols were shipped to the Royal Air Force from this serial number range and were .455 Webley caliber.)

    British M1911A1 WW II Lend-Lease: From all S/N’s of U.S. M1911A1 models = March 11, 1941 through the rest of WW II ( The U.S. furnished 39,592 pistols to Britain through the Lend-Lease Act.)

    Russian Contract Colt M1911: S/N C23000 to C89000 = Feb. 19, 1916 to Jan. 18, 1917 ( Russia purchased 51,000 M1911 .45 ACP pistols during WW I. from this serial number range. Russia purchased more M1911 pistols than any other country besides the U.S.) Regular commercial model Colt except has “English Order” mark in Russian on left side of frame.

    Norwegian Colt M1911:

    Colt S/N C18501 to C18850 and Norway S/N 1 to 5000 = June 1915 to WW II (400 Colt 1911’s .45 caliber purchased and issued to Norwegian Navy. May 1917, 300 Colt 1911 .45ACP pistols purchased in 1915. In 1917, Norway obtained licence to manufacture it’s M1911 pistols. The first they made had “COLT AUT PISTOL M/1912” on the slides and then at S/N 100 this changed to “11.25 m/m AUT. PISTOL M/1914” on the slides.

    Argentine Colt M1911:

    S/N C6201 to C11621 = 1914, 321 shipped in 1914 marked on right side of slide with “MARINA ARGENTINA”.

    S/N C20,001 to C21000 = 1916

    S/N C86790 to C116000 = 1919

    Imported into the U.S. in 1960 as surplus but very rare in any condition.

    Argentine Modelo 1927 Colt M1911A1 :

    S/N 1 to 10,000 = July 28, 1927 to Feb. 16, 1928 ( Marked on slide with ” COLT CAL. 45 MOD. 1927″ and S/N’s stamped on top of slide in Colt’s italic numbers.) SYST. COLT pistols made by Argintina under licence from Colt marked on right of slide with “EJERCITO ARGENTINO / SIST. COLT CAL 11.25 mm. Model 1927”. Other M1911A1 pistols made in Argintina at Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles, Rosario, Argintina S/N 10,001 to 112,000

    MEXICAN Colt M1911: After WW I, Mexico procured an unknown number of M1911 pistols made by Colt. These are rare because of Mexico’s strict penalties for illegal possession of military arms (ON SPOT EXECUTION). Very few made it to U.S. and would have a “C” prefix serial numbers. May have “EJERCITO MEXICANO” on right side of slide.

    Patent Dates on slide

    US Army 1911, US Army 1911A1, Government Model (Commercial), National Match (later Gold Cup and trophy models)

    April 20, 1897

    September 9, 1902

    December 19, 1905

    February 14, 1911

    August 19, 1913

    Not all patent dates listed for a model will appear on that model.  Some patent dates will be omitted on the earliest pistols while later pistols will typically have all the patent dates.

     

     

    I have purposely avoided US military dates and serial number son this post
    That is for another day. Hope this helps some

  • #49388
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    I got a 1911 question,

    Do you remember the movie ‘Titanic’?  the villain guy had a nickel 1911.

    If the Titanic sank in 1912, then could the villain really had a nickel 1911 at that time?

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    because the movie was funded by CNN aand MSNBC. Fake news experts

    if you pay attention it wasn’t a 1911 but a 1911A1 nickled and engraved

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    Nickel plated Colt 1911

    Titanic 1997,  David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/M1911#M1911

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    Yeah, but, to answer the question,

    “Could it be possible to have a civilian 1911 (or variant) nickel plated in the year 1912 ?????” at the time of the Titanic sinking??

     

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    money talks, anything is possiable given the proper amount of funds, But it is a movie, not a fact that that character existed (Lovejoy)

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    but let’s not forget the other two prototypes introduced by John Moses Browning prior to the 1911 , which was the 1909 and the 1910

     

     

     

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