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    My US Army Model 1909 and the 1909 Database

    Hi!

    I'm a new member from New Jersey and tried to respond to a thread which is now closed. I was very interested to hear that one of the Colt Forum members was compiling a database on military Model 1909 revolvers still in existence from the original 20,000 pistol contract. Here is mine. I acquired it 20 years ago, not knowing what it was, but learned a bit about it in the meantime. I believe it to be original (finish looks original and all numbers match). The only exception are the walnut grips which I changed out - believe they are from a Model 1917 pistol, as no R.A,C. at the bottom of the grips. I don't believe they are the modern repros, as I got them 20 years ago, when they weren't reproducing them. The pistol originally came to me with plastic stag grips.


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    I hope that another Forum member has taken over the task of the Mod. 1909 database, as I would be interested in learning more about the number of 1909's that are still out there.

    Question: Would this be a pistol to get a Colt Letter for?

    Thanks and best regards,

    Rudi
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    Just from your photos your Model 1909 appears refinished. The original finish was the commercial "oil finish" charcoal blue, and was a very reflective bright blue.

    The database you mention was probably the one kept by forum member "Haggis", but sadly we lost him a short while back.

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    Original finish on a 1909 army included fire blue on certain areas of the hammer, trigger and some screws.
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    Welcome rgruson! We need a a good new Colt Forum member who likes Model 1909s and New Service revolvers in general.

    Here's the Model 1909 that lives here.





    Pretty reflective finish as JohnnyP suggests. Can you tell it was a partly cloudy November day when the photographs were taken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Welcome rgruson! We need a a good new Colt Forum member who likes Model 1909s and New Service revolvers in general.

    Here's the Model 1909 that lives here.





    Pretty reflective finish as JohnnyP suggests. Can you tell it was a partly cloudy November day when the photographs were taken?
    VERY NICE!

    Thanks for the input! Highly appreciated!

    Is my 1909 worth getting a Colt letter for?

    Best regards,

    Rudi

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgruson View Post
    VERY NICE!

    Thanks for the input! Highly appreciated!

    Is my 1909 worth getting a Colt letter for?

    Best regards,

    Rudi
    Your Model 1909 was shipped to Manila in the Philippines, and the only thing the letter will tell you past that is the actual date of shipment, and possibly the assembly date.

    The attached photo shows the heat blue on the hammer, as well as the reflective finish. The photo was made indoors, and if you look in the lower right side of the photograph you can see photos on the wall reflecting off the Colt.

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