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    1944 not a lunch box gun

    1944 No GHD or cross cannons .A very nice 1944 fairly rare without Military Inspectors marks but has all proper Colt markings .
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    Obviously NOT...unless the lunch box is padded in Colt blue velvet !!



    A magnificent lettered artifact of Colt Militaria...

    Congrats Sir !!

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    Another ONE,...172921X

    Here's another one (old pictures on file).
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    Freakin outstanding!! The original finish alone, after all these years speaks legends.
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    That Original finish just calls out to me, this gun has definitely been well cared for.
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    Wow, Very interesting! Somebody at Colt must have forgotten to have inspector and crossed cannon stamped employees were probably in a rush to get these out to the war effort at that time. prewar, That's a really freaking nice 1911A1!
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    This Colt shipped June 28, 1943 is also missing both acceptance marks. This one appears to have had the holes for the hammer and safety lock pins tightened by using a small crescent shaped tool. It may have been turned back in the inspection process, and missed final inspection after the minor repair. I also have a Remington Rand that has the same type tool used on the hammer pin hole.




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    The pistols without final inspections and Ordnance acceptance stamps typically run in spurts, and as Johnny notes, many of them will show signs of possibly why they weren't marked. I've got a few of these guns. Here are some.
    948655 is documented in the National Archives as a U.S. Navy pistol that was aboard the USS Tisdale during WWII. No GHD or Crossed Cannons. There were a lot of pistols in this general serial range noted in the Archives as DEFECTIVE or UNSATISFACTORY.


    1716507 also lacks the GHD and Crossed Cannons.



    2366848 is one that lacks ALL the trigger guard markings on both sides, the JSB and Crossed Cannons. Colt has no record of ever producing this pistol, so it is in fact a lunchbox. Someone at the end of hostilities decided the boys didn't need this one.




    1663447 is a pistol real close to the OP pistol. Nothing special about it...which makes it special in this case.

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    Awesome historical perspective and photos Scott...

    Thanks for the insight...and the visuals.

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