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I'm interested in Colt Government Models (not the US army pistols) produced from the teens through the early 20s (before the 1911a1 style). Are there any markings on the barrels?
 

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I've got a question on the 1914 barrel: if there is an H instead of a C, does that mean its a military barrel? Probably of the same period? Thanks
 

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The H on the back of the military barrels started shortly after initial production and was used until approximately serial number 20,000 (Feb. 1912 - Jan. 1913).
 

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The H on the back of the military barrels started shortly after initial production and was used until approximately serial number 20,000 (Feb. 1912 - Jan. 1913).
Were the military barrels ever substituted in the commercial series? I have a 1914 commercial apparently a military barrel of the same vintage. Everything else looks correct. I really didn't mean to hijack the OP's thread. Thank you
 

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Were the military barrels ever substituted in the commercial series? I have a 1914 commercial apparently a military barrel of the same vintage. Everything else looks correct. I really didn't mean to hijack the OP's thread. Thank you
Not to my knowledge. The swap could have happened in 1914 or many years later, and no way to tell.
 

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would this be the correct barrel for a 1917 gov model?
arbcddou,

This is what a 1917 Government Model barrel should look like. (Pictures are different 1916 - 1917 GM barrels.) Clawson has 1916 barrels (about C 30000) through about C 101000 (1917) with a "P" on the bottom of the Chamber and usually accompanied by an inspection mark in the same location. (No other stamps/markings.)

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thanks in advance for all the help i'm getting. what should be stamped on the top of the barrel (seen when assembled) in an army 1911, especially a 1918.
 

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I believe this is an end of 1918 production barrel. This one has an ampersand instead of a number in front of the lug.

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