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Posted: 12/8/2013 7:11:52 PM EDT
Guy locally is selling a "WW1 Colt 1911", has a 4 digit serial of 23xx-MA, the Colt website says that serial number doesn't exist, so what is this thing? A fake? I can't find references to it anywhere, and they guy is abrasive to deal with despite his asking price of $1500. Little help?
Link Posted: 12/8/2013 7:46:47 PM EDT
It's probably one of the Carbonia blued WW1 reproductions. There were only 4,000 made and the serial numbers end in WMK for Gen. William M. Keyes, the current CEO of Colt.





They're super nice. I know, I have one.
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 2:28:07 AM EDT
As mentioned above probably the wmk reproduction. A nice gun for sure but even new in box is not a 1500 dollar gun. Original colts from the ww one era would have only 3 types of serial numbers:
Plan number on military guns
C prefix on commercials
W prefix on guns made In 455 caliber for the Brits
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 2:30:10 AM EDT
The other possibility is it is one of the commemoratives mades in the. 60's. I don't keep up on those so am not sure what the serials were on those
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 7:02:48 AM EDT
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60s Commemorative
Meuse-Argonne
1500 is way too high.  They sell for 850-1000 on gunbroker



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Link Posted: 12/9/2013 11:15:37 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 45FMJoe:
It's probably one of the Carbonia blued WW1 reproductions. There were only 4,000 made and the serial numbers end in WMK for Gen. William M. Keyes, the current CEO of Colt.


They're super nice. I know, I have one.
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I so wanted one of those

So this is basically a 60's Colt pistol with un-original grips and no box, yeah not worth my time unless its CHEAP.
Link Posted: 12/9/2013 12:11:10 PM EDT
Well, it's an M1911-styled repro by Colt with the fancy gold inlaid markings, not a '60s-era M1911A1-style Government Model. For anyone who would like to have a shootable M1911 and doesn't mind the garish markings, they are affordable substitutes for the real thing.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 10:11:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 1saxman:
Well, it's an M1911-styled repro by Colt with the fancy gold inlaid markings, not a '60s-era M1911A1-style Government Model. For anyone who would like to have a shootable M1911 and doesn't mind the garish markings, they are affordable substitutes for the real thing.
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I have one that came without box or original grips (looked to be unfired) but it is a great shooter.
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 9:47:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/15/2013 10:42:58 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 45FMJoe:
It's probably one of the Carbonia blued WW1 reproductions. There were only 4,000 made and the serial numbers end in WMK for Gen. William M. Keyes, the current CEO of Colt.


They're super nice. I know, I have one.
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General Keyes is no longer employed by Colt. It has been almost a year.
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