Colt 1911 serial number dating
: DThere will be someone that knows for sure, but I think Series 80 came after Series 70, and my Series 70 Mark IV Gold Cup is like early 1980's... IV series 70 Government model pistols, which closely resembled original M1911A1s, but with accurized barrel bushings. IV Series 80 Government model pistols, that featured added firing pin safety. Colt began the Series 80 weapons in 1983 with s/n FG01000...
Latest Colt product, M1991A1, also featured Series 80 slide with firing pin safety. When I looked it up at the link below it says it was made in June of 1912 and I just find it hard to believe anyone in my family could have held on to something so cool. I've got no info on the approximate production year for a weapon in the FG360xx s/n range..could definitely be of assistance.
I'm trying to date it now and the info I am finding just doesn't seem right.
I'm hoping someone here mare knowledgeable in the subject may be able to help me out. When I looked it up at the link below it says it was made in June of 1912 and I just find it hard to believe anyone in my family could have held on to something so cool. will be someone that knows for sure, but I think Series 80 came after Series 70, and my Series 70 Mark IV Gold Cup is like early 1980's... IV series 70 Government model pistols, which closely resembled original M1911A1s, but with accurized barrel bushings. IV Series 80 Government model pistols, that featured added firing pin safety.
Colt stop it’s commercial production at S/N C215,083) 24) Colt: S/N 1,609,529 to 1,743,846 = 1944 25) Colt: S/N 2,244,804 to 2,380,013 = 1945 26) Remington Rand: S/N 916,405 to 955,000 = 1943 27) Remington Rand: S/N 955,001 to 980,000 = 1943 28) Remington Rand: S/N 980,001 to 995,000 = 1943 29) Remington Rand: S/N 995,000 to 1,041,404 = 1943 30) Remington Rand: S/N 1,279,699 to 1,441,430 = 1943 31) Remington Rand: S/N 1,471,431 to 1,609,528 = 1943 32) Remington Rand: S/N 1,743,847 to 1,816,641 = 1944 33) Remington Rand: S/N 1,890,504 to 2,075,103 = 1944 34) Remington Rand: S/N 2,134,404 to 2,244,803 = 1945 35) Remington Rand: S/N 2,380,014 to 2,619,013 = 1945 36) Ithaca: S/N 856,405 to 900,000 = 1943 ( S/N’s 856,101 to 958,100 were duplicated by Colt, look for “G. In 1919 another 400 M1911 Colts shipped in above S/N range. S/N 70G01001 to 70G05550 – 1970 – 4550 S/N 70G05551 to 70G18000 – 1971 – 12,450 S/N 70G18001 to 70G34400 – 1972 – 16,400 S/N 70G34401 to 70G43000 – 1973 – 8600 S/N 70G43001 to 70G73000 – 1974 – 30,000 S/N 70G73001 to 70G88900 – 1975 – 15,900 S/N 70G88901 to 70G99999 – 1976 – 11,099 During 1976 a range change of serial number begins.
7) Colt M1911 Norwegian: Colt S/N C18501 to C18850 and Norway S/N 1 to 5000 = June 1915 to WW II (400 Colt 1911’s .45 caliber purchased and issued to Norwegian Navy.
Between 19, another 112,494(*) 1911A1€™s, called "Sistema Colts," were produced in Argentina under license from Colt.
M1911's In 1914, the Argentine military adopted the Colt M1911 as their standard military sidearm and contracted with Colt to supply these guns.
Among them were the following: 321 pistols received in 1914 marked MARINA ARGENTINA (Argentina Navy), S/N C6201 €“ C6400 and C11501 €“ C11621; 1000 received in 1916, S/N C20001 €“ C21000; 400 received in 1919 within the S/N range of C86790 €“ C116594. The battleships that were being made in the USA for Argentina received the Navy pistols directly.
Information provided here is approximate, if you wish to support your investment with the purchase of a complete history and Letter of Authenticity for your firearm or for more information, please contact Colt's Archive Department.
Hey guys I just inherited a sweet Colt MKIV Series 80 1911 from my uncle.
These pistols were designated "Pistola Colt Modelo Argentino 1916.€ THE 1927 CONTRACT In 1923, Argentina adopted an armaments bill that would eliminate Argentine dependency on foreign arms. From 1927 to 1942, 14,000 €œSistema€ pistols (from €œSistema Colt,€ indicating €œmade on the Colt system (machinery)€ were produced at the Esteban de Luca Arsenal in Buenos Aires, S/N€™s 10,001 €“ 24,000(*), the serial numbers continuing from the Hartford run. M.), the €œMilitary Manufacturing Agency.€ Similar to the US Ordnance Department, the agency was run by the military and military officers managed the manufacturing plants.
Under this bill, the Argentine Congress authorized appropriations for a military modernization program and prepared the infrastructure for a domestic arms industry. In 1941, after a decade of planning, Argentines established a large and diversified military-industrial complex under the overall supervision of the Direccion General de Fabricaciones Militares (D. Among other products, this agency would eventually, through contractual agreements, oversee the production of identical copies of Colt€™s M1911-A1, Browning€™s Hi Power, and FN€™s FAL rifle. P.), €œSmall Arms Factory€ in Rosario, Santa Fe (250 miles from Buenos Aires), assembly of Sistemas was transferred to the new plant and another 88,494 pistols were produced through 1966.
As example you may have a model of revolver made in .22 and in .38 Special, with the .22 revolver serial numbers mixed with a different model Colt, and the .38 caliber version of that model in yet a different model range.