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    Quote Originally Posted by 22_Matt View Post
    The other line is a scratch from the side plate screw being loose, The cylinder was opened and turned against it.
    That explains it...Thanks, and Happy Labor Day to all.
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    This 5 1/2" .44-40 dates to 1910. It needed a home!

    The serial number is 24xxx.
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    A Pair of .38 caliber 4" New Service revolvers. One is a square butt and the other is a round butt.

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    Those are nice. I finally got my hands on one. Ill be making a snubby out of it. Its 45 acp commercial model. Date is 1910.
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    MrPositive,

    I thought that the first New Services chambered in .45ACP were the model M1917 in 1917. Is this an originally chambered .45ACP or one modified from a .45 Colt? Just curious.

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    I believe that is correct. Remember that the first Model 1917 Revolvers chambered by Colt would not headspace without the half moon clips developed by S&W.
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    I believe its a converted one. The serial is 249xx. Im going to order some moon clips then ill know for sure.
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    Picture of 1909 Army from the shooting bench yesterday
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPositive View Post
    I believe its a converted one. The serial is 249xx. Im going to order some moon clips then ill know for sure.
    I believe that is a .455, built for the Brits during WW I, that was converted to .45ACP/.45 Auto Rim.
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    Muley, with that serial number, it was originally a .45 Colt. In fact, it was a Marine Corp M1909. It's hard to see the butt shape in the provided picture.

    MrPositive, I maintain a database of M1909's for research, and I would like to add your revolver to it. All my research databases are structured so that there is no way to link a specific gun with its owner. If you would, will you PM me the full serial number for my database?

    I assume that the USMC markings and serial number on the butt of the gun have been removed, since you did not mention them. If I am wrong, would you also PM that butt serial number to me?

    One thing about your plans for the gun. In that era, bore diameter for .45 Colt was 0.454", while that for .45 ACP was (and is) 0.451". Generally, that difference can lead to accuracy problems compounded by cylinder throat (exit) diameter that can be anywhere from 0.454" to 0.458". Most people use 0.451" jacketed bullets which helps somewhat, but the gun will not be a world beater insofar as accuracy is concerned. If you want the best accuracy, you will have to replace the barrel and cylinder with components from a M1917. Check out the accuracy before you modify the gun - only if it is good enough for you would I proceed with shortening the barrel.

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