The seller makes no mention of it. Is there a chance it's not legit? I am otherwise interested.
Serial number indicates 1945! Nice looking OP!
Although the serial lookup indicates 1945, Paul has indicated in the past that for the war years that info is to be taken with a spoonful of salt. For example, the lookup shows the entire Commando serial range as made in 1942.
According to Pate, the Colt OP's (separate from the Commandos) shipped to the military encompassed the serial range up to 725,000, and shipped by March 1943. This gun's serial 724,780 just falls inside that, so I think the gun is legit. It's remarkably well preserved, including the stocks, but does not look refinished based on the photos. Looking at the bids, others don't seem to think so either.
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It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
I have an Official Police #26249 circa 1942 in .22 rimfire that is also marked with the flaming bomb. Colt letter says it was sold to: United States Government, shipped to: Transportation Officer, Raritan Ordnance Depot, Nixon, New Jersey, for: Commanding General. December 1, 1942. 70 guns in the shipment. And it's the same as new! Thanks, Joe
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A wise collector once told me that you never pay too much, it's just that you may buy a little early.
(credit to thecoltguy)
Well after all the good information from you guys, I decided to bid. I like war time Colts and this appears to be a nice one
.45 or More!
It looks correct to me. As Absalom indicates, the wartime OP serial numbers listed on Proofhouse.com are not correct.
1942 Official Police production seems to have run from 690,000 - 725,000 through November 1942. Perhaps some trickled through for the remainder of the war, but I assume that tooling was used primarily for the production of Commando revolvers through early 1945.