pre 70 colt 1911 circa 1960 in 38 super

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by blackhawkkid308, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. i picked this up at the gunshow over the weekend, pre 70 series 1911 colt in 38 super. shot very little. got the paperwork but only a brown cardboard box.
    serial number is 793xx for verification of 1960 date if i was told proper production year by previous owner. i rate pistol in 97% inside and out. when was it made and what is it worth? previous owner said he was the second owner and pistol had 2 mags worth of shells shot down barrel.question is what serial number range did colt use for the so called fat barrel? it makes a difference whether this is a 3rd or 4th model.
    picture doesn't do it justice
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2006
  2. i found a list of serial numbers and it says the pistol was made in 1950 not 1960. what is the serial number range did colt use the FAT barrel? it makes a difference i whether this is a 3rd or 4th model. help please.

  3. berto64

    berto64 Active Member


    Man am I JEALOUS!!!

    That is purdy!

    Are you gonna reveal the price?
  4. i have $800.00 in it counting 2 sets of colt grips i bought to go with it.
  5. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Well, the "fat barrels" changed over to standard size barrels in 1954, starting with Serial #112850. ( ), and I've seen a .38 Super advertised for sale as:

    "COLT GOVT. MOD, .38 SUPER, 5" BLUE. This early "fat barrel" was mfd. about 1952 & has correct Coltguard plastic grips with rampant horse on both sides. This is only about a 90% gun with some wear on slide and thinning finish on front strap & grip safety. Fire blued grip screws have been added. Interesting serial number is: 93333. (proper type 7 mag. is present)......$1250.00" ( )

    If that info is correct.....since yours is an even earlier "fat barrel", I venture to guess that yours is a 3rd Model.

    The Blue Book values the 3rd Model at:

    100% - $1,400
    98% - $875
    95% - $725
  6. thanks a lot, my pistol is in a heck of a lot better shape than that one for $1250.00. and it is older. i think i'll keep it just the way it is.
  7. Sounds like you did real good BHK
  8. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Blackhawk, we're waiting on a range report; having stolen the gun, 15 rounds won't affect the value much, and inquiring minds await your post!
  9. will shoot it this weekend and give a report.
  10. shot it today and it really likes cast bullets a lot better than the jacketed ones i had. at 17 yards she shot about 2 1/2 inches with jacketed, about 1 1/2 inches with lead. will experiment with different loads. i really like it. won't shoot it a whole lot to keep the value up.
  11. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I'm green with envy, I've wanted one forever...Do you cast the bullets yourself? Thats something else I've always wanted to do.

    Good looking piece!

  12. no i don't cast bullets yet, just reload. i like the pistol but it won't get shot a whole lot to keep the value up. i have another 38 super it is an older llama made back in the late 30's that has 2 slides with 2 barrels and one is 38 super so i'll shoot it for a range gun and leave the colt in the safe.
  13. Just a few bullets thru it will make the purchase worth it;)
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