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Posted: 4/6/2006 10:19:15 AM EDT
My nephew has a colt 1911 he bought it says on it Model of 1911 US Army on right side of slide and on right side of frame is serial no. Left side of slide has patented dates and says Colt's PT.F.A.mfg. CO. Hartford, CT. USA. Frame on same side has United States Property. It looks to be hard chrome frame and slide. I don't know if it is a 70 or 80 series or what. Did Colt make any hard chrome guns or was this something someone had done to it? Also is there a way to look up info on this gun by the serial no. thru Colt? Thanks
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:00:41 PM EDT
Sounds like it was hard chromed after the fact. Bling wasn't much of a military directive.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:24:12 PM EDT
I'm betting it is a military issue weapon that got nickeled after it came home.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 3:01:43 PM EDT
You can find when it was made here by serial number.
www.coolgunsite.com/pistols/colt%20production.htm
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 8:07:46 PM EDT
Thanks alot for the info I think he was told wrong. He said the man told him it was original and I didn't think it would be. He paid $500.00 for it. Do you think he paid too much? The gun looks good, no scratches, etc. He says it shoots good. I haven't shot it. He brought it into my office today and wanted to know about it so I went to the best place I knew of. You all. Thanks! I really like this site and it seems as if everyone is willing to always help.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 8:30:35 PM EDT
Also is there a site where I can pull up info on my series 70 colt?
Link Posted: 4/7/2006 12:28:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/7/2006 12:30:20 AM EDT by AirCommando]
Try calling Colt customer service, 1-800-962-2658. They should tell you when it was built. Don't know of a site for general info on the 70 series, however, www.m1911.org has lots of info on the Model 1911.
Link Posted: 4/7/2006 5:58:04 AM EDT
I don't think he paid too much. Any time you can get a relatively un-mucked with GI Colt for under $500 it's a good thing.
Link Posted: 4/7/2006 7:00:37 AM EDT
Thanks Alot!
Link Posted: 4/7/2006 2:29:42 PM EDT
It'll be worth low, [poor condition] shooter money. If it shoots good then you got your $500 worth. If it does not, you have a gun that is worth nothing to the GI collector.

Any real value was ruined the second it was dipped into the chroming tank. And lest any one tell you otherwise, there were NO USGI guns that left the factory in chrome plating. EVER.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 9:46:15 AM EDT
That is kind of what I thought, but I'm not an expert on 1911's. He was told it was original and a collectors item. It was just a sales pitch! But he owns it now and if it shoots good then it will serve its purpose. Thanks
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