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This 1918 1911 arsenal rebuild, (AA), has a barely legible and very small number 49 stamped just to the right of where the trigger guard bow meets the receiver. It was manufactured at Springfield. Although arsenal rebuilt it wasn't parkerized and has the original stocks. The barrel is marked, "colt .45 cal", and has clearly been replaced. The inside top of the slide is battered; as though material was trapped between the slide and barrel. Does anyone know what the significance of the "49" stamp might be? And why an arsenal rebuild would not have been parkerized and fit with bakelite stocks? Thanks for your interest and comments.
 

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That is the assembler's mark. Previously it was on the top of the receiver at about the 1:00 position from the disconnector hole.

There were no Model 1911 pistols manufactured at Springfield Armory in 1918.

May have been refinished after it left the military.

Pictures?
 

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Thanks very much JohnnyP. I assumed it was manufactured in Springfield because of the Springfield Inspectors mark. In fact it is a Colt gun made between May-Oct. 1918. Now the puzzle is why it has Springfield and Augusta marks. Rebuilt twice? From now on I will post pictures--worth a thousand words--and not proceed on assumptions. Thanks again.
 

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The eagle head over letter/number identified the inspector that worked for Springfield Armory at Colt. Prior to the eagle head mark the initials of the military officer in charge of inspection and acceptance was marked on the receiver. The eagle head mark started at about serial number 303000.

The AA would indicate that the pistol went through Augusta Arsenal, probably for a rebuild.
 
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