I bought this New Service "Fitz" special style pistol in 45 ACP a few years back and the more I learn the less I know. The number under the crane is 249 5XX, there is what looks like a small H stamped above the number,and a larger Y below the number. I had thought this was the serial number which would mean it was made in 1919-1920. However I have recently read that the number under the crane and on the butt are different. The top of the frame is serrated as I have seen in Pics of commercial New Services and the ejector rod is rounded. The gunsmithing is fantastic. The trigger action is the best I or several friends have ever felt on a Colt, and I carried a 1960 Colt Python several years. The top of the hammer is serrated for thumb cocking. It is fully engraved (Good not Great). I put the stag grips on the originals are very thin walnut. I assume the barrel has been shortened but the Colt DA 45 is centered. The patent dates on top of the barrel are incomplete however. I bought the gun out of PA and they said it had belonged to a old local police chief. I asked if I could get a letter and a name,and was that was not available. When I received the gun it looked like a grinder or belt sander had been run over the grip from the trigger guard to just below the hammer. I smoothed it back out per Turnbull. The rest of the finish is great. Any thoughts or information would be appreciated. I am attaching a photo. I hope.
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