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In the range of your serial number, Colt's was shipping 1911 pistols in straight serial number order, so 152201 - 153800 all went to Ft. Ethan Allen, Essex Junction, VT on May 25, 1917.

I have some records from the National Archives on some of the pistols in this shipment:

  • sn 152223 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152268 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152373 on 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152571 on 052517 from Colt to FT ETH ALLEN. (actually two entries for it to the same destination on the same date).
  • sn 153079 on 052917, 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN

Looks like there was also another shipment (in the 160000 sn range) to FT ETHAN ALLEN in July of 1917. In Goddard they show as Springfield shipped guns, but I think it fairly well known that Springfield was also a distribution point for these pistols to other destinations.

Did a quick web search and found a letter home from a soldier stationed at Ft. Ethan Allen from July 1917 -- it's a good read and provides some perspective on what was happening at the Fort then. He references the 1911 .45 pistols and also indicated that he's not yet received training:

WWI Fort Ethan Allen 2nd Vermont Cav. Detailed Letter – Officer Shot in the Head! – Vermont WWI Content

I hope this helps.

Sam
 

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In the range of your serial number, Colt's was shipping 1911 pistols in straight serial number order, so 152201 - 153800 all went to Ft. Ethan Allen, Essex Junction, VT on May 25, 1917.

I have some records from the National Archives on some of the pistols in this shipment:

  • sn 152223 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152268 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152373 on 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152571 on 052517 from Colt to FT ETH ALLEN. (actually two entries for it to the same destination on the same date).
  • sn 153079 on 052917, 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
Looks like there was also another shipment (in the 160000 sn range) to FT ETHAN ALLEN in July of 1917. In Goddard they show as Springfield shipped guns, but I think it fairly well known that Springfield was also a distribution point for these pistols to other destinations.

Did a quick web search and found a letter home from a soldier stationed at Ft. Ethan Allen from July 1917 -- it's a good read and provides some perspective on what was happening at the Fort then. He references the 1911 .45 pistols and also indicated that he's not yet received training:

WWI Fort Ethan Allen 2nd Vermont Cav. Detailed Letter – Officer Shot in the Head! – Vermont WWI Content

I hope this helps.

Sam
Thanks Again for the info!
 

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Nice 1911! Nice bonus, mag with the lanyard loop. Congrats.
Surprisingly the magazine was a disappointment.. condition wise as compared to the rest of the package. It's a two tone, etc. Looks mint on the heel but the sides are "weathered", shall we say..
 

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Pistol would have originally been shipped with plain base magazine, so as others said it is a bonus. A plain base Colt magazine won't be that hard to find.

Some of the period magazines show evidence of having been carried in an early magazine pocket for an extended period of time. The early magazine pockets had two snaps where the later ones only had one in the middle.

 

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In the range of your serial number, Colt's was shipping 1911 pistols in straight serial number order, so 152201 - 153800 all went to Ft. Ethan Allen, Essex Junction, VT on May 25, 1917.
I have some records from the National Archives on some of the pistols in this shipment:

  • sn 152223 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152268 on 052917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152373 on 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
  • sn 152571 on 052517 from Colt to FT ETH ALLEN. (actually two entries for it to the same destination on the same date).
  • sn 153079 on 052917, 060917 from SA (Springfield Armory) to FT ETHAN ALLEN
Looks like there was also another shipment (in the 160000 sn range) to FT ETHAN ALLEN in July of 1917. In Goddard they show as Springfield shipped guns, but I think it fairly well known that Springfield was also a distribution point for these pistols to other destinations.
Did a quick web search and found a letter home from a soldier stationed at Ft. Ethan Allen from July 1917 -- it's a good read and provides some perspective on what was happening at the Fort then. He references the 1911 .45 pistols and also indicated that he's not yet received training:
WWI Fort Ethan Allen 2nd Vermont Cav. Detailed Letter – Officer Shot in the Head! – Vermont WWI Content
I hope this helps.
Sam
Well Researched Documentation Sam...We always appreciate your valued input !!

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Looks like a fantastic gun! I just picked one up at a store that isn't so local but was within driving distance. Close to your serial too!
 

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Pistol would have originally been shipped with plain base magazine, so as others said it is a bonus. A plain base Colt magazine won't be that hard to find.

Some of the period magazines show evidence of having been carried in an early magazine pocket for an extended period of time. The early magazine pockets had two snaps where the later ones only had one in the middle.

Solved the magazine issue today! Wasn't hard to find after a little trip to the back of the safe and some reading. Thanks for the info!
 
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