Originally Posted by old semperfi
a number of years ago a good friend of mine gave me a 1911 45.he said it belonged to his grandfather but he was afraid to shoot it,he gave it to me.it had so much holster wear a hole was worn in the slide,the hammer was so long it bit everytime he shot it.it also appeared to have serial #ground off.i took it thinking i would use parts and build one.with much research i found that the gun was probably made around 1913 and was military.i called my local atf and explained what i had.i was told that many years ago a military officer could purchase his 45 but they were numbered for amory purposes only and legally they did not have to have serial #anyway.i finally purchased a essex frame and a surplus slide and rebuilt gun using some of the parts,it will out shoot my gold cup.i still have the old parts and may some day put it all together again. old semperfi
If you ever want to put that old gun together again, I suggest you WRITE to the ATF, instead of calling. Having an answer, on ATF letterhead, will keep your butt out of jail. Saying, "But they told me, over the phone" won't.
While it's true that, back then, they were not required to have a serial number, removing the serial number on a gun is a Federal crime. Even though it wasn't required
to have one, it did
have one, and it was removed, and that's illegal.
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