I'd like fellow members' opinion on this Finnish Army marked Russian WWI Colt Government Model pistol.
For me, arsenal marks have always been sort of confusing. For the simple reason that there's really no way of knowing just what the arsenal did to the pistol, unless there's an easily visible refinish to it. But say you have a 1911A1 from WWII that's been reworked at Rock Island Arsenal. Maybe it only needed a couple of new springs. And maybe some new pins. And everything else remains as it came from the factory. Would lessen its "originality"? Would that detract from its value to a collector?Translation: English Order.
Some 51,100 shipped to Russia from Feb 19, 1916 to Jan 18, 1917.
I've never seen one w the SA arsenal mark, so I might be a little cautious w/o further info/provenance.
Scott think you're correct. Found this interesting Youtube video from MrColt which states that 3000 of the Russian WWI Contract ColtGM pistols were offloaded in Finland; interesting.The markings of the pistol in post #9 look fine to me. The ones in post #1 look fake. BTW, the top of the left stock in the O.P. pistol looks wrong, too.
Remington Rand also used Colt barrels in early production, and their prime supplier of barrels throughout production was High Standard. They also used other small parts from the other manufacturers. It's not who made the parts, but who originally assembled them into a complete pistol.What about this? It's a known fact that Remington Rand used leftover Colt slide stops from WWI. Does that mean it isn't an original Remington Rand? Does that make it a Frankengun? For me, it's just a big gray area that's never been fully explained to me.
Scott think you're correct. Found this interesting Youtube video from MrColt which states that 3000 of the Russian WWI Contract ColtGM pistols were offloaded in Finland; interesting.