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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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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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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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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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I still find it unbelievable that the silly Brits clung to their .455 caliber & wanted the superior 1911 pistol in a somewhst similar caliber.
Remember, .455 revolver cartridges are not .455 auto cartridges.

They pulled the same bonehead move to the enemic 38-200 cartridge, aka the 38S&W.
 
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