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I have a Colt 45 auto with the frame serial number of 618603. The slide is a much later one that is probably Vietnam era. The gun is parkerized and the frame has cut-outs behind the trigger on both sides like the 1911A1's have. Is it likely or unlikely that the Government modified frames from that serial number range to have the 1911A1 configuration?
 

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JohnnyP: Wouldn't an Anniston Army Depot (or any other depot rebuild) have an arsenal marking? Mine has no such marking. My pistol appears to be one that may have been 'built up' to a 1911A1 configuration for some purpose. The machining is not 'on a par' with other 1911A1's I have seen (like the one you pictured), and it is Parkerized. Also, as I stated before, it has a much later slide. The obvious conclusion would be that it is a gun that was made up from parts, but the finger cut-outs leaves questions. Even if it is a 'made up' pistol, I would like to know where/why the finger cut-outs were done. If an army depot did some without marking them, your explanation is sound. Thanks
 

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JohnnyP: I just received Scott Meadows' book on semi-auto military pistols from 1920-1945. In it he has some light discussion on the conversion of 1911's to 1911A1's. I think he shows pictures of a couple in the 5XX,XXX range. I think he said that Springfield may have had some involvement. He even has pictures of a very early 1911 that was converted.
I just skimmed the book, so I will read it over more carefully.
My gun seems to have a lot in common with the gun dogface6 described above. Mine does not appear to be the work of Bubba.
 

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JohnnyP: Are you saying that since my gun has no arsenal markings that the finger cut-outs were either not done by the government or it was unofficially done by the government?
 
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