Post By dfariswheel
New Service Revolvers
What is the difference between the Commercial variation and the standard production variation of the New Service Revolver?
Thanks in advance.
There is no commercial versus standard variation. There are commercial guns and military models. The military models were the Model 1909 and 1917. The 1909s had a high-gloss finish like commercial guns of that era. The Model 1917 had a rough polish.
Last edited by Hopalong; 01-22-2020 at 12:20 PM.
As above, the US government only bought two versions of the Colt New Service models.
The first was the Model 1909 which was a stop-gap gun to use until the Model 1911 auto was ready.
These were simply commercial guns with a US stamp on the butt and the full commercial bright polish blue.
The Marine Corp model had a slightly rounded butt.
The second was the Model 1917.
These were used to supplement the 1911 since the production of the 1911 wasn't enough to meet the need.
These were different only in that they were chambered in .45 ACP and were machined to use half moon clips.
The finish was a rough polish blue, many later being parkerized after WWI for reissue in WWII.
Other than these few differences the US models were nothing more then slightly modified Commercial New Service models.
In fact, Colt stamped factory serial numbers on the frame of the Model 1917, with US government serial numbers on the butt.