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Jbox
05-19-2010, 10:47 AM
Hey guys I just inherited a sweet Colt MKIV Series 80 1911 from my uncle. 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.

The serial number is FG360XX. 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. Any help I can get would be appreciated.



http://www.sightm1911.com/1911Production.htm

wsmc27
05-19-2010, 10:52 AM
There 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...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

Oh, from http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg04-e.htm

During the 1970 - 1983, Colt manufactured Mk.IV series 70 Government model pistols, which closely resembled original M1911A1s, but with accurized barrel bushings. Since 1983, Colt manufactured Mk.IV Series 80 Government model pistols, that featured added firing pin safety. Latest Colt product, M1991A1, also featured Series 80 slide with firing pin safety.

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OH and congratulations, hope you enjoy your .45! :D

Jbox
05-19-2010, 10:59 AM
There 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...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

Oh, from http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg04-e.htm

During the 1970 - 1983, Colt manufactured Mk.IV series 70 Government model pistols, which closely resembled original M1911A1s, but with accurized barrel bushings. Since 1983, Colt manufactured Mk.IV Series 80 Government model pistols, that featured added firing pin safety. Latest Colt product, M1991A1, also featured Series 80 slide with firing pin safety.

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OH and congratulations, hope you enjoy your .45! :D

This sounds about right to me I figured before I started looking up dates that my uncle got this in the mid to late 80's. It would have been cool for it to have been that old but at least now I can go shoot it!

Richie Caketown
05-19-2010, 11:03 AM
come on man... where are the pics!!!

Jbox
05-19-2010, 11:44 AM
Actually I inherited 11 guns total!!! My buddy is coming over to take some pictures this weekend and then I'm going to put up a new thread with plenty of gun porn!

Tyrius
05-19-2010, 12:05 PM
Dating a 1911's pretty awesome, but watch out; her dad's a scary, scary man.

Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all weekend!

Seriously though, way to inherit a mess of guns. Looking forward to seeing the pics.

-hanko
05-19-2010, 1:25 PM
The serial number is FG360XX. 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. Any help I can get would be appreciated.
1912 is NOT correct for a s/n preceded by "FG"...

Colt began the Series 80 weapons in 1983 with s/n FG01000...I've got no info on the approximate production year for a weapon in the FG360xx s/n range...colt could definitely be of assistance.

hth, at least for starters;)

-hanko

G38xOC
05-19-2010, 1:27 PM
come on man... where are the pics!!!

+ 1

BryanB
05-19-2010, 1:40 PM
Hey JBox,

Colt actually has an Archiving service that should be able to produce you the information you desire (Date manufactured, whom it was sold to etc.) visit this link http://www.coltsmfg.com/archive.aspx.

oddjob
05-19-2010, 3:31 PM
Try this....helped me a lot!!

http://www.proofhouse.com/

wrdavis
08-04-2010, 10:53 AM
I was poking around and found the receipt for my M1911 .45 s/n 15xx. Always thought really low number, almost a model number. Between the two web sites I find it was made April or May 1912 for the Navy. Two more years and it will turn a 100. Bought it 9-2-65 at age 19 in the Navy. So I had it 45 years next month. Think come April 2012, I'll get a birthday cake with a 45 & "100" on it and have a party for my old gun.

Colt
08-04-2010, 6:29 PM
Call Colt Customer Service: 1-800-962-2658. Give them the serial number and they'll tell you year of manufacture, no charge.

Proofhouse and the other sites I've seen don't cover the newer serial numbers.