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    1911 in 455

    Any idea on how many were produced in 455 before 1916?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhite49 View Post
    Any idea on how many were produced in 455 before 1916?
    mwhite49,

    BEFORE 1916,---200. Clawson has the 1st shipment of .455 Pistols on 19 Jul 1915. (Next shipment 10 Jan 1916.)

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    Last edited by stan3; 04-22-2019 at 07:11 PM.
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    Thanks. So if I'm lucky and find one made in 1914 in decent condition i should grab it if it is at a low price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhite49 View Post
    Thanks. So if I'm lucky and find one made in 1914 in decent condition i should grab it if it is at a low price.
    mwhite49,

    "one made in 1914"? WHAT???

    Well, if the 1st COLT GM "W" prefix Pistols shipped 19 Jul 1915 (to the London Armory Co.),---maybe one of them was assembled in 1914.? Do you have a serial number and a COLT Letter with a 1914 assembly date?

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    No Colt letter yet. But if you search the Colt serial numbers it comes up with a 1914 , 1911 model. If you put the W first it comes up with nothing. Serial is W629xx.

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    And I don't think that this was converted to 45acp as some were as the clip says .455.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwhite49 View Post
    No Colt letter yet. But if you search the Colt serial numbers it comes up with a 1914 , 1911 model. If you put the W first it comes up with nothing. Serial is W629xx.
    mwhite49,

    629XX (No 629XX) is a 1914 M1911.

    W629XX is, most likely, a 1916 GM,---and (most likely) shipped 26 Sep 1916 or 31 Oct 1916.

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    Last edited by stan3; 04-22-2019 at 08:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan3 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mwhite49 View Post
    No Colt letter yet. But if you search the Colt serial numbers it comes up with a 1914 , 1911 model. If you put the W first it comes up with nothing. Serial is W629xx.
    mwhite49,

    629XX (No 629XX) is a 1914 M1911.

    Best Regards,
    This serial number starts with a W. There is no No. Before it.

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    I called Paul at Colt archives this morning and he said run the number with a c prefix as the w prefix was mixed into the C series. I did and it came out as 1916. Paul also mentioned that all of these went to the London Armory.
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    Mike, 1916, just like Stan3 said! Stan3 knows those guns!!
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