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    Colt 1911 Rebuild Help

    We have a Colt 1911, serial number 145118 originally sent to San Antonio Arsenal April 3, 1917 (per Goddard) that has been rebuilt. It maintains the original 1911 parts, but has a commercial replacement slide from the 1949-1955 period and a replacement barrel from the 1949 to 1970 period. The frame refinish was apparently a sand blast as the lettering, numbering, and edges remain very sharp. I has sort of black dulite type of finish which closely matches the slide. There is a large "G" stamped on the left side of the frame above the "GHS" inspectors mark. It was applied before the refinish. The top of the barrel has a small mark forward of the lettering which appears to be four small squares or diamond arranged in a circle. Appreciate any information as to if it is a military refinish/rebuild job and what the "G" and additional barrel markings are.
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    Doubt it’s a military rebuild, collector value is gone but it appears to be a decent shooter.
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    The marks on top of the barrel are from some kind of tool like a vice
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    On Page 41 of Scott Meadows book "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols 1945-2012 there are pictures of the Colt replacement slides which match the slide on this pistol. The refinish without the buffing down of the edges or lettering make us think that it could very likely a military refinish/rebuild.
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    We thought that could be what is was. Thanks

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    The post war replacement slides from Colt were used just as they came from Colt, and would not have been sandblasted unless in subsequent rebuild.

    The post WWII military replacement barrels had the COLT .45 AUTO on the top of the chamber as well as a C in a square on the lug. Look to see if there are any markings on the sides of the barrel lug. Can't help you with the G.

    At some time in the past I had one of the Colt replacement slides like yours still in the military packing dated 1952.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    The post war replacement slides from Colt were used just as they came from Colt, and would not have been sandblasted unless in subsequent rebuild.

    The post WWII military replacement barrels had the COLT .45 AUTO on the top of the chamber as well as a C in a square on the lug. Look to see if there are any markings on the sides of the barrel lug. Can't help you with the G.

    At some time in the past I had one of the Colt replacement slides like yours still in the military packing dated 1952.
    To clarify, only the frame was refinished, not the slide. The slide appears to be the original Colt finish for replacement slides. There are no other marks on the barrel lugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredh46 View Post
    To clarify, only the frame was refinished, not the slide. The slide appears to be the original Colt finish for replacement slides. There are no other marks on the barrel lugs.
    Yes, your photos indicate that the slide is just as it came from Colt.

    If a GI replacement, the barrel would have been finished all over (would not have a bright chamber area) with the feed ramp polished. Photos of post WWII replacement barrel with C in square proof mark.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyP View Post
    Yes, your photos indicate that the slide is just as it came from Colt.

    If a GI replacement, the barrel would have been finished all over (would not have a bright chamber area) with the feed ramp polished. Photos of post WWII replacement barrel with C in square proof mark.



    Got it Johnny...so the barrel is not a USGI replacement. Any idea about the finish on the slide as it is so well done, crisp, sharp edges, no buffing evident? I just don't think that it was a Bubba job.....too professional looking to us. By the way, the pistol also came with two post WW2 replacement magazines and a Boyt 44 holster....understand that could have been put together at anytime in the past. I appreciate you insight!
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    As noted, your slide is in original finish, but at one time they were fairly common on the surplus market. During the military rebuild process, Model 1911 parts were reused on 1911 receivers where possible rather than using them on 1911A1 receivers. The barrel appears to have originally been finished in blue.

    During rebuild the parts to be retained were sandblasted to remove any rust or remaining finish, but most any gunsmith has the equipment to do this. This included barrels and magazines that were to be reused. One stock is early Keyes while the other is the later Keyes. The G above the acceptance mark (GHS) is not normal, and appears to be finished over.

    With the information at hand it is not possible to say if the pistol was an original military rebuild or not. Some things look right, others don't.

    Forgot to ask, but is the UNITED STATES PROPERTY missing from the left front of the receiver? I can't make it out in the photo.
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