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Here for your perusal is my Colt Model 1911 1918 production pistol serial number 257754 which was 1 of 3900 pistols shipped on March 27, 1918 to the Commanding Officer Springfield Armory MA. It probably saw service with the AEF in France.
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Very nice EARLY pistol....which I like the best, along with the flat main spring housing. Congrats sir!
 
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One of my 1911’s made in 1917 and delivered to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for shipment overseas: The worn pistol made it without a rebuild until brought home from Korea, probably its third war.
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I've got a Colt 1943 1911A1 that was re-imported from Korea. Looks like it was dragged behind a Jeep. Had a sewer pipe for a barrel. I happened to have had a 1911 brand new barrel (courtesy of the USN and a school mate on a supply ship with sticky fingers) and the sewer pipe ended up in the trash can.
 

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Jim, Most of our issue 1911’s in Korea were in the same shape as yours yet in 1963 when I ordered a DCM .45 I received a like new unmolested (1943) Colt. The Army still had nice stuff in storage but it did not make it where needed when needed. Everything was WWII leftovers, especially the C rats and their “ green “ 5 packs of Lucky Strike cigarettes.
 
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