Originally Posted by henry77
Friend showed me his Father's 1911 today. Colt Model of 1911. US Army. Last patent date in 1913. Serial #C1224.
What would the of manufacture of this Colt 1911. It belonged to his Father.
Hi pardner....the " c " of course designates a commercial or civilian pistol that was never intended or sent to military....etc....
Colt Commercial Production: Govt. Model:1912 to 1981
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
Of course parts or peices may have been changed/swapped..and you will hear finish will affect value. Would pray this weapon would never be sold by your freind for obvious reasons...but besides family value...tell him he may have a very rare and valuable pistol there.....!
Would appear to be about as early as it gets.....
Tell him to clean it good , but dont touch finish till a smith looks at it for advice per finish , if so desired....
Old steel/new steel...BS.....if pistol appears functional, let him very occasional shoot it....no + or P loads though.......