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Have been looking over a Colt Model 1911 .45ACP Ser#4036xx that came to me when my dad passed. Aside from all the proper Colt proof marks the forestrap of the butt has been punch stamped HQ27 2 27 and the backstrap of the butt has been punch stamped E over 15.

I ran the full Ser# on the Colt site and find it was manufactured in 1918, whether it was before the end of the war or not is not indicated. Anyone have better records I will send the full #

So, anyone have any info. on the UNIT STAMPING? Any assistance would be helpful, such as knowledge, sites to search, etc.

Thanks in advance, all inquiries of helpful information are welcome.
 

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Making the assumption it went to an Infantry outfit - the 27th Infantry went to the Siberian Expeditionary Force at Archangel in 1919.

Look online for the unit history for the 'Wolfhounds' - there won't be any small arms serial numbers, or identification of who it had been issue to, but they had a colorful career.

'HQ 27' would be the 27th pistol in HQ's arms rack.

'2/ 27' would be 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment.

'E/15' is likely a later rack number.

See also - 'ANREF' - 'American-North Russian Expditionary Force'.
 

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Ordnance didn't like the pistols to be unit marked as it served no purpose , and the pistols tended to be sent from one place to the another. May have been souvenir marked after it left the military.
 
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