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Thank you for looking here first . Please check these sources for your DOB questions .
www.proofhouse.com for general Colt date info
Info is also available from Colt at 1-800-962-COLT
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Thank you for the link. Unfortunatly there is no listing for the Defender Lightweight .45 Any other directions I might look?
Thank you. This is very helpful. I found the date for my Mark III Trooper 357 but they have no listings for Colt Government Model 380 SAs. I'm pricing one right now to make sure I'm bidding reasonably and can't identify the serial number shown on the pictures.
Wilson puts your gun in 1971 according to the partial serial you provided. An early Combat example. Welcome to the forum.My experience w/ Colt Customer Service, regarding DOB, of my recently acquired Combat Commander, was not very helpful IMHO.
I have a Combat Commander, w/ a 70BS30xx. Looking at proofhouse.com chart, I believe my Colt is from 1970 - 1972 (70BS01001 - 70BS06501). The leading "0" is confusing:bang_wall:.
Since I couldn't pinpoint the exact year, I called Colt C/S, and finally got thru & t/t Rick, after 3-days trying. Gave my serial # & he returned telling me, my pistol was made "approximately 1975." But, he didn't seem to sure of himself. I mentioned "Proofhouse", stating "My Commander appears to fall within '70 - '72 range." His reply, "If you want to confirm it, you can request the Archive letter, for $100 buck." He seem 'taken a back' by my questioning his response.
I believe my Combat Commander was made in the '70 - 72 range. I'll pick "1971" since its right in the middle.
My experience was not the best. Otherwise, Colt firearms are top notch. I have four in my collection. (Agent, w/ hammer shroud (2nd version), SS Gov't .380, Argentine Contract 1927 & now, .9mm Combat Commander)