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Old 11-24-2017, 12:55 PM
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Default Circa 1918 Colt Government .45

Thought some mike get a kick out of this. I am going through my Dad's estate and here was one that was interesting. Original Box, owner's manual and magazine. I believe it has had some accurizing done though because Dad used to shoot 45 matches back in the day.







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nice find. but where are the targets and pics of you shooting it?
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I think the cutouts on the frame by the trigger didn't come out till the mid 1920's. Did they put those in when the accurized it?
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The frame is a 1911-A1, the the grip safety is also typical of a Colt made after 1924. Remember, the serial numbers on commercial 1911's are not the same as government contract pistols. When you check the charts be sure to include the prefix.

Now all that being said, I am sure the rib is some king of aftermarket piece, but overall that is a very nice gun.

Just for reference, here is my 1918 Colt made March of that year. Note the difference of the contour of the frame just behind the trigger between your gun and this one.


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Very nice...
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Beautiful 1911, hope you plan to keep it.
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I think the cutouts on the frame by the trigger didn't come out till the mid 1920's. Did they put those in when the accurized it?
It could have been. The serial number I ran on the Colt website said it was a 1918 Colt Government. It was odd too the serial number was very interesting to me. It was 234243.
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Beautiful 1911, hope you plan to keep it.
Yeah, it belonged to my Dad so it has sentimental value to me more than monetary.
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It could have been. The serial number I ran on the Colt website said it was a 1918 Colt Government. It was odd too the serial number was very interesting to me. It was 234243.
C 234243 was made in 1948.

This is my Colt Government Model made a year later, 1949.

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Nice pistol. Typical iron sight hardball gun for National Match course of fire, before red dot sights.
Definitely not a 1911 martial gun.
My records show C234243 serial as a 1949 Mfg 1911 Commercial or 1st Model N.M. The two models were run concurrently in the same serial range. Gold Cup N.M.'s were in a separate serial number range starting in 1957.
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Nice pistol. Typical iron sight hardball gun for National Match course of fire, before red dot sights.
Definitely not a 1911 martial gun.
My records show C234243 serial as a 1949 Mfg 1911 Commercial or 1st Model N.M. The two models were run concurrently in the same serial range. Gold Cup N.M.'s were in a separate serial number range starting in 1957.
Thank you to both of you, the Colt web page only listed the serial number without the "C" in it and then only listed a 1918 model. That does clear up some confusion for sure. Thanks!
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My records show C234243 serial as a 1949 Mfg 1911 Commercial or 1st Model N.M.
Colt .45 Government Models (Commercial Series) by Clawson says serial number range C230460 to C238690 is 1948 production.

Blue Book Pocket Guide for Colt Dates of Manufacture by Wilson & Allen says serial number range C232000 to C238500 is 1948 production.

Either way, both sources agree that C234243 is 1948 production.


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Very Nice! Need more pics please, she's a beauty!

Do you know who did the custom work?
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Very Nice! Need more pics please, she's a beauty!

Do you know who did the custom work?
Yes, the gunsmith's name is on the side of the Bowmar sight. I tried to look him up but no luck. Of course it would have been nice if it was F. Bob Chow since my Dad was friends with him but he sold those 45's long ago.

The name of the gunsmith was C.A. Smith. He did the Bowmar sight, the back strap stippling and the trigger work.
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Colt .45 Government Models (Commercial Series) by Clawson says serial number range C230460 to C238690 is 1948 production.

Blue Book Pocket Guide for Colt Dates of Manufacture by Wilson & Allen says serial number range C232000 to C238500 is 1948 production.

Either way, both sources agree that C234243 is 1948 production.


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